ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Churches from the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area have come together to feed those going hungry this summer.
For many low-income families, summer can be a demanding time. With students home for the summer and without access to free school meal programs, many families struggle with the additional tug on their budget. The additional strain is also felt by local food pantries.
To combat this, Hope Clinic, an organization in Ypsilanti that offers various forms of aid and food assistance to residents, put out a call to local churches in May to help it feed hungry families.
Throughout the summer, 25 congregations answered the call and held food drives to stock the shelves of the Hope Clinic food pantry. With their help, Hope Clinic was able to gather over 5 tons of food worth over $25,000 for the families it aids.
These 5 tons of food, gathered in almost 1,000 grocery bags, will go to families who need the resources of the Hope Clinic food pantry.
According to a press release by Hope Clinic, the number of high-quality food items will also help the clinic to increase the overall amount of food items given out on food distribution days.
“I am encouraged to see our local churches taking meaningful action to address food insecurity in our community,” said Hope Church Relations Coordinator Andrew Mast.
“By joining together with Hope, churches are able to make a greater impact than they could on their own,” Mast said.
These are the participating congregations:
The food pantry is open on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Hope Clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. It provides those in need with various forms of help, including laundry care, basic infant care items, free medical and dental care, social work assistance and a food pantry.
The organization is located at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti.
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