Busy times for area food pantries

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Millie Hahn, left, and Mark and Linda Hosford set up a table with food boxes, preparing for distribution of food items before pantry hours recently in front of the Escanaba Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Services Food Pantry. Food pantries continue to provide food to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Food Pantry Director Robin Wycoff noted they served over 100 individuals the week before. Not all available items are shown in photo.

ESCANABA — By providing food to those in need, food pantries continue to help many in local communities through the coronavirus pandemic.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Escanaba District Council President Barbara Cavadeas says they continue to help the community, by being blessed by the community.

“We have been fortunate with many generous donations, monetary, food items and volunteers. This has enabled us to continue with our food pantry and our pack lunches on Wednesday,” said Cavadeas. “We have been here for our neighbors from the start of the COVID-19 and with the grace of God, we will be able to continue to be here for our neighbors.”

Escanaba Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) food pantry continues to operate from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The SVdP Service Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The soup kitchen is continuing on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To place an order with the SVdP Food Pantry call 906-789-1434, and workers will fill your request and hand it out from the SVdP pantry door. Delivery is not available and pickup can be scheduled by the requester if they need someone else to pick up their order.

“We are just continuing steady,” said Major Alex Norton of the Escanaba Salvation Army. “We always need dry goods, and financial donations … We are working with Feeding America for big food distributions once a month.”

The Salvation Army will sponsor a Feeding America truck Sept. 9, starting at 4 p.m. The truck will be at the Escanaba Salvation Army facility, located at 3001 5th Ave. S.

The facility continues to be in total quarantine. Clients receive food in containers at the entrance and food pantry items are provided to people without entering the building for any length of time.

The Salvation Army of Escanaba is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour lunch between noon and 1 p.m. For additional information call 906-786-0590.

“We are always grateful for the food donations through our local businesses,” said Norton.

Escanaba Seventh-Day Adventist Church Adventist Community Services Food Pantry Director Robin Wycoff has continued to provide food boxes to people from their food pantry and sponsor a mobile pantry for the community at least once a month during COVID-19.

“We are still serving clients outside, we only allow our current workers inside. We have the same hours since COVID-19 started, Monday

and Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. We serve on average around 75 to 100 people a week,” said Wycoff. “… our pantry could use financial help. We are serving more people since COVID-19 began then we have seen in the past.”

The facility is located at 210 S. Lincoln Rd. and can be reached at 906-212-2272 and on their Facebook page, EscanabaACS.

The Escanaba Seventh Day Adventist Pantry is hosting a free food giveaway for veterans Aug. 28, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Rapid River School, 10070 US 2, Rapid River.

“We have a mobile pantry for Veterans on Friday Aug. 28, the veteran can be active or retired,” said Wycoff.

Veterans are asked to have their veteran ID, DL enhancement, VA ID, DD214. Boxes will be provided.

“We have been doing these type of mobile pantries around eight years,” Wycoff said.

St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Food Pantry in Gladstone is located at 816 Delta Ave., on the parking lot side of the store. The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 906-428-9690 to make arrangements to pick up food pantry items, or ascertain if you qualify.

For more information from the Gladstone St. Vincent de Paul Society call 906-428-1234.


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