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Volunteer Kelly Burns shares her story on working with the food pantry

Tough times can bring out the best in people. At the beginning of the pandemic, when the community started to quarantine and businesses began shutting down, MAP put out a call to United Way of the Lakeshore seeking volunteers willing to brave it. Although MAP had many dedicated long-term volunteers, they now needed help.

Instead of allowing clients to shop and choose healthy food items, MAP had to adjust for curb-side pick-up and offer home delivery for those in isolation. They needed to change the way the pantry operates. Kelly Burns shares how she connected with Mission for Area People's Food Pantry through United Way of the Lakeshore and why she helps out. By signing up with United Way's volunteer site, she was able to give back at a time when extra hands are needed. Kelly said, "she's blessed to work with such a dedicated team at MAP."

To learn more about United Way of the Lakeshore, log onto www.unitedwaylakeshore,org/volunteer or call our office at 231-733-9672 to learn how you can volunteer.

The Jefferson Street Garden recently added a 36" inch high bed for one prime reason - to provide potential gardeners, who have challenges, the opportunities to stand at the bed and enjoy tending the plants. Pam Stevens says, "All are welcome. This is your garden, your community!" Volunteer Michael Golliver used his spare time and skills to construct the beds with donated lumber from local businesses. Benefits from our garden include:

  • Meet new friends and chat with old friends, share your knowledge and ideas!
  • Enjoy fresh produce and help grow food for the MAP pantry.
  • New gardeners are welcome, no experience necessary.

We are also seeking donations of seeds from the Seed Saver's Exchange, High Mowing Seeds and Renee's Garden. To learn more on connecting with the garden or donating, call MAP at 231-733-9672.

Mission for Area People (MAP) has been busy delivering food pantry supplies to individuals that are isolated due to COVID-19. Diana Wright-Stubbs, Executive Director of MAP, said that demand has doubled for food and hygiene items since the outbreak began. Deliveries aren't a normal service of MAP's pantry, but in these times, we are taking care of our neighbors. To volunteer or arrange a drop-off, please call our office at 231-733-9672 Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.