Hungry people in county

April 25, 2019

Dear Editor, 

Some think that there aren’t any hungry people in Clare County. I know better.

 I volunteer with the Community Nutrition Network. Each month we provide nutritious fresh produce, frozen meats, and non-perishable food to those who need it. Some of the recipients get food just for themselves while others use the food to feed families of four, five, or more. The first person in line for food at our most recent event arrived at 1:30 a.m. The 80th person in need of food arrived at 8 a.m., an hour before we started taking registrations and 3 hours before semi-truck arrived with the food. Before the day was done, we distributed food to feed more than 240 families with 600 family members. They ranged from older adults in wheelchairs and with walkers to young parents pushing strollers.

Some think that there aren›t any any wonderful people in Clare County. I know better.

As a result of donations from many community members, organizations, churches, and businesses, the Community Nutrition Network is able to spend $2,000 each month to purchase a truckload with at least 8 tons of food from the Greater Lansing Food Bank. During these past winter months, we were allowed to use the Clare County Farwell Senior Community Center and Village of Farwell Farmers Market to distribute the food and keep our volunteers and clients out of the cold. We are always grateful for those who volunteer at these events—many month after month—to register clients, bag produce, distribute the food to our patrons, carry it to cars for those unable to do so, and help clean up afterward. It takes 40 -50 volunteers at each of the monthly events. We also have had help from the Clare County Sheriffs Department Reserve Deputies, Palmer’s Hardware, the Clare County Transit Corporation (CCTC), the Farwell Department of Public Works, local churches, organizations, students, businesses, and many more.
The Community Nutrition Network has been part of Clare County and providing food to those in need since 2011. We›ll be here as long as the need continues and we continue receiving the generous support of the community. Learn how you can help—or get help—on our Community Nutrition Network-Clare County Facebook Page or look for flyers that are posted throughout the county each month. If you would like to join our email list and receive copies of the flyers each month, email us at CommunityNutritionNetwork@gmail.com
 
Veronica Romanov

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