The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (a program of the Allegan County Community Foundation) is excited to kick off our annual Peanut Butter Drive on National Peanut Butter Day – January 24th!
The drive runs from January 24 to February 29, 2020. Our goal this year – 6,000 jars! 6,000 jars will provide the pantries of the Collaborative with enough peanut butter to distribute for at least one month. Peanut butter is high in fat and calories (with around 190 calories and 16 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons). Peanut butter remains one of the top 3 items requested by our food pantry members.
Where can you drop off jars of peanut butter during the peanut butter drive?
ALLEGAN: Allegan County Community Foundation, Allegan Twp. Hall, Hartman-Ellis Insurance Agency, Rivertown Gym, Schaendorf Brewing, Allegan Credit Union, Allegan City Hall. BLOOMINGDALE/GOBLES: The Linking Center – Pullman, Allegan Credit Union – Gobles. DORR: Leighton Twp. Library, United Bank, Dorr Moose Lodge #2541. FENNVILLE: Fennville Area Fire Department, Allegan Credit Union. HAMILTON: Salem Twp. Hall, Salem Twp. Library, Hamilton Food Center. HOPKINS: Hopkins District Library, United Bank. MARTIN: Martin Village, Martin Twp. Hall, JC Wheeler Public Library, Post Office. OTSEGO/PLAINWELL: Repz Gym, Plainwell City Hall, Otsego City Hall, Otsego Health & Fitness, Gun Plain Twp. Hall. SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS: Saugatuck Twp. Hall, Blue Star Gym, Saugatuck Douglas District Library. WAYLAND: United Bank, United Bank Gun Lake, Wayland Twp. Hall, City of Wayland. Other locations will be added, so please check our Facebook page, website (alleganfoundation.org) or e-newsletter.
Peanut butter jars will be distributed to 16 of our member pantries county-wide: Allegan United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, Allegan County Food Pantry, Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church, Hungry for Christ, Christian Neighbors Plainwell, St. Margaret – St. Vincent DePaul, Martin United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Douglas, Ladders of Hope, Love, Inc. Pullman, Hopkins United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Wayland, Project Hope and Epiphany Lutheran Church.
What is the Collaborative?
The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (ACFPC) is funded by the Allegan County Community Foundation and the Perrigo Charitable Foundation.
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In 2009 the Allegan County Community Foundation convened the food pantries throughout the county. The economy was reeling from the housing crisis and the pantries were seeing more than twice the clients they were accustomed to. Yet, funding and food resources didn’t improve. In order to address hunger in Allegan County, we would have to work together.
We now have a membership of 17 pantries that serve all corners of Allegan County. The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (ACFPC) has been in existence for 10 years and we have seen a tremendous impact on the member pantries and their clients. Quarterly meetings afford the members the opportunity to network, share resources, hear presentations from the very service organizations they are referring their clients to and learn from the experiences of each other.
As the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative steps up efforts to increase the monetary and financial resources for the member pantries, we are reaching out to develop partnerships for our Community Giving Program. Before we went to the public to ask for help, we had to find out what the public knows about food insecurity in Allegan County. Our findings were very enlightening.
The a poll conducted by the ACFPC brought to light the misconceptions that surround hunger concerns in Allegan County. Highlights of the poll: the majority of those polled are aware of only one pantry in Allegan County — when there are actually more than 20; the average estimate for how many people county-wide receive food from a pantry each month was 3,000 —- the actual number exceeds 6,000; many thought the government provided food or financial resources to local pantries — none of the seventeen pantry members of the ACFPC receive food or money from federal or state resources. These findings are important as the ACFPC steps up efforts to include corporations, small businesses and individuals in our campaign to increase the food resources available for our pantries. Until we can increase the available food and monetary resources, our sixteen member pantries will continue to spend upwards of $250,000 per year on food and supplies to supplement the donations they receive.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tracey Robrahn@firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.207.6409.
List of Collaborative pantries
- Allegan United Methodist Church
- Christ Community Church
- Allegan County Food Pantry
- Hamilton Christian Reformed Church
- Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church
- Hungry for Christ
- Christian Neighbors Plainwell
- St. Margaret’s – St. Vincent de Paul
- Martin United Methodist Church
- Christian Neighbors Douglas
- Ladders of Hope
- Love, Inc. Pullman
- Hopkins United Methodist Church
- Christian Neighbors Wayland
- Project Hope
- Epiphany Lutheran Church
- Community Action House, Holland
Drives held by the ACFPC
Nearly 6,000 of our friends, neighbors, and family members are served by the member pantries of the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative. In 2018 more than $134,000 was generated for the member pantries. Join us when you see an opportunity to serve your neighbors in need.
Annual Drives to benefit the families who utilize a member pantry of the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative:
January & February – Peanut Butter Drive
April – Cereal Drive
July & August – Back to School (supplies) Drive
October – Soup Drive
October & November – Toy Drive for the holidays