Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative
Sixteen food pantries from throughout Allegan County have joined the ACFPC to seek the opportunity to work together in strategy, networking and mutual efficiencies as they strive to serve those in need. The funding to establish and maintain the ACFPC is provided by the Allegan County Community Foundation (Note: special thanks to the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation for previous grants to support the ACFPC). Monetary gifts to the ACFPC are divided proportionately among the pantries in the form of protein, canned goods, and cereal.
Some highlights of the ACFPC:
- During COVID-19, for 28 weeks the ACFPC distributed over 44 tons of food to it’s 16 member pantries who serve Allegan County residents.
- Over the last three years, the livestock auction at the Allegan County Fair has resulted in 81 donations. Thanks to a tremendous partnership with Feeding America West Michigan, processing and transportation costs of these donations have been waived and the member pantries of the ACFPC will have received nearly 15,000 pounds of meat. Because meat is an expensive, but protein-rich food, pantry clients are very appreciative.
- Back-to-school drives have raised between 5,000 – 7,000 items each year. Pantry clients struggling to make ends can send their children to school with the necessary supplies for success.
- The annual cereal, peanut butter and soup drives have lifted a great financial burden off of families who utilize the pantries of the ACFPC. The annual cereal drive held in April, strives to raise one box per child per week of summer vacation. Because hunger doesn’t take a vacation…
Scholarships are wonderful resources as students begin their educational pursuits. Unfortunately, scholarships typically focus on the freshman or first year of school. The ACCF 2-3-4 Scholarship is funded by the Foundation and provides scholarships to Allegan County graduates who are in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of higher education. Gifts to the 2-3-4 Scholarship Fund can make a significant difference for a student who has made education their focus.