2020 ACCF
MAY NEWSLETTER
We are still practicing social distancing to be safe.
Please contact us via email or leave a message at 269.673.8344.
During this time, our thoughts are with you and your loved ones. Be Safe and Be Well.
In these uncertain times, food insecurity is a grave concern. Our friends, neighbors, and family are in need. The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative annual cereal drive is an opportunity to help families through the upcoming months as we move through this pandemic together. While the process may be different this year, the goals are not: feeding children who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Any and every amount helps. Please donate today.

Because hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation

The virtual drive runs from May 18 – June 14, 2020.
Our goal is 30,000 boxes!

6,000 people are served by the member pantries of the ACFPC, nearly 3,000 of whom are children. Please help.


HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN OUR VIRTUAL CEREAL DRIVE?

* Text “CEREAL” to 44-321 to donate
* Donate with this QR code  >>> 
                                                              
* Donate on-line at www.alleganfoundation.org  
  
* Make and mail checks out to the
ACCF at: PO Box 278, Allegan MI 49010 
( in the memo line please note cereal)

ACFPC member pantries: Allegan United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, Allegan County Food Pantry, Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church, Hungry for Christ, Christian Neighbors Plainwell, St. Margaret – St. Vincent DePaul, Martin United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Douglas, Ladders of Hope, Love, Inc. Pullman, Hopkins United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Wayland, Project Hope, Epiphany Lutheran Church and Community Action House – Holland.
See our
2020 Grant Recipients
$267,079 total awarded!




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Guidance for Reopening, Finances, & Leadership Tools

Guidance is rapidly
changing please use these links to help you.

  • Allegan County Health Department COVID-19 Guidance for workplaces to “reopen” or expand on current services. This guidance ensures the safety of the employees and customers are being met. COVID-19 Workplace Toolkit. LINK HERE

  • Lakeshore Advantage return to work tool kit and business webinars. LINK HERE

  • State of Michigan Resources page. LINK HERE

Due to COVID-19, a sharp increase in new visitors to the pantries is being seen. Keeping up-to-date with the recommendations of the CDC and the Allegan County Health Department, all donations coming into the pantries must be quarantined for three days. Many pantries don’t have the space required to quarantine items so the Goods Donation Center was created to maintain proper protocol. While all pantries are committed to keeping their volunteers and visitors safe, some pantries are struggling to remain open due to the inability to keep volunteers safe [no wipes, gloves, or masks on-site].
 
Donations are accepted on Wednesdays at the Goods Donation Center. Of greatest need: hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, canned vegetables, fruits, meat, peanut butter and cereal. If you would prefer that we purchase these items on your behalf, online donations may be made here.
Our next Spotlight publication is July 9th!
THANK YOU TO OUR NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT SPONSORS
Their sponsorship helps off-set cost of producing, publishing and distribution.
We are actively looking for more sponsors. Please contact Jennifer at 269.673.8344 or jcollins@alleganfoundation.org to learn more details and cost.
The deadline to respond to the
2020 Census has been extended until October 31!
Why It Matters...

The census count has consequences we will live with for the next decade, if not longer. This makes the stakes even higher.
Michigan stands to lose millions of dollars in federal support for programs that use census data. These include:

  • Medicaid, nutrition assistance
  • Highway construction, infrastructure and planning (these include bridges & dams)
  • Title I and Special Education Grants
  • Foster Care and Child Care Grants
  • K-12 education, Section 8 Vouchers, and Head Start/Early Start

You can respond online, by phone or by mail.


At this time, the ACCF staff is not in the office.
However, we are returning phone calls and emails.

Visit us at: 112 Locust Street, downtown Allegan
Mailing address: PO Box 278, Allegan, MI 49010

269.673.8344