What is the Collaborative?
The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (ACFPC) is a program of the Allegan County Community 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 16 pantries that serve all corners of Allegan County. The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (ACFPC) has been in existence for over 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 5,000; many thought the government provided food or financial resources to local pantries — none of the sixteen 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.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Allegan County Community Foundation at 269.673.8344 or email@example.com.
List of Collaborative pantries
Nearly 6,000 of our friends, neighbors, and family members are served by the member pantries of the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative.
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
October – Soup Drive (Soup-tober)
Contact person for ACFPC
If you are interested in learning more, volunteering or donating please contact our office — 112 Locust Street, Allegan MI 49010 — phone: 269.673.8344