Nine different projects to provide free meals and help families facing food insecurity received special Cents-ability Grants from the Presbytery of Lake Michigan during its June 14, 2022 Stated Meeting.
Receiving the grants were:
- United Campus Christian Fellowship to purchase meals for students during a new worship service and community meal event.
- First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis to purchase (100) additional boxes of fresh food each month to distribute to anyone living in the Sturgis area and to support an ongoing program to provide food to area families during the holiday season.
- First Presbyterian Church of Mason to provide hot weekday lunches to (64) individuals at the Advent House and help four specific families who are in dire need of help getting food.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids to provide (150) brown bag lunches each week to downtown residents who experience food and housing insecurity.
- First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac to purchase supplies to construct an outdoor food pantry that would provide food and hygiene items to anyone in need at any time of the day.
- First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek to help fund the ecumenical Saturday Breakfast Program in which seven churches serve those facing food insecurity.
- First Presbyterian Church of Allegan to purchase and install organizational shelving to more efficiently store supplies for its weekly Community Lunch Program.
Earlier this year, the presbytery sought applications from congregations and worshipping communities seeking funds for programs and initiatives to help the hungry in our midst. The special grant program was funded with $9,800 collected through the Cents-Ability program, which originated in 1976 as “Two-Cents-A-Meal.” Participating congregations and groups invite every member – of all ages – to contribute a few cents at every meal to express thanks for what we have received. The small contributions add up.