The Argentine Church of the Nazarene partnered with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to feed hundreds of low-income families and people Saturday, April 17.
More than 30 volunteers set up tables and boxes of thousands of food items in the church parking lot. People drove up and did not have to get out of their cars as volunteers put boxes and bags of food in their vehicles.
There were 20-24 pallets with approximately 20,000-25,000 pounds of food.
Pastor Robert Lindsay said anyone, not only Argentine Township residents, could come get food. They didn’t ask for proof of income, and people could pick up groceries for other people who needed help.
Food included eggs, milk, bread, desserts, canned goods, oranges, healthy snacks, frozen foods, potatoes and more.
“It’s a blessing to be able to help the community,” he said. With the stimulus money going out to people, they’ve had fewer requests for help from individuals.
“We’re here and we’re available,” he said.
Kelly DelReal, outreach coordinator/retail procurement at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, said Lindsay reached out to her weeks ago to plan the
event. She said they’d been looking for three years to find a location like this in Argentine Township. Their goal is to reach corners of the county where people don’t think there’s much need.
They delivered a full semi load of food, which can feed about 350 people or more depending on how people dispersed the food.
“We really felt that we were getting good coverage. When we look at our numbers through COVID, the need is there from Flint and outward,” she said. “We’re really looking forward to having an ongoing relationship with Mr. Rob, and I’d love to see a monthly distribution out here. We’ll see how things go today and go from there.”