Morenci food pantry in need of donations 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

With unemployment reaching an all-time high in Michigan and the situation even worse in Lenawee County, the need to help those hurting from the poor economy continues to grow, said Rev. Rich Burstall of Morenci’s United Methodist Church.

The Morenci Food Bank has assisted many people in the community, but the shelves are getting bare.

“This small source of food and other items has been a blessing to well over 100 people and families,” Rev. Burstall said. “However, times are getting tougher for those who are under- or unemployed and the need is greater than we imagined. Our shelves are getting empty, and donations are becoming harder to receive.”

The Morenci Ministerial Association is asking community members to make an extra effort during October to help restock the food bank.

Local pastors are working with First Federal Bank to collect donations. Nonperishable food items, diapers, boxed meals, cereal, personal care items, feminine care products, canned meats and soups, soaps, bathroom tissue, household cleaning products and any canned food except vegetables should be taken to the Morenci bank location.

“The next time you are in the store,” Rev. Burstall said, “purchase one or two extra items for the food bank. Every little bit helps.”

Cash donations are also welcomed. One area resident gives a donation every month, Rev. Burstall said, and other people are encouraged to do the same during the tough economic times.

For additional information, call United Methodist Church at 458-6923.

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