Grant helps Christian Help Center purchase new refrigerator
Wed, 02/10/2021 - 3:23pm caleb
Local charity receives $1,749 grant from Great Lakes Energy People Fund
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Crawford County Community Christian Help Center – with assistance from a Great Lakes Energy People Fund grant – recently acquired another commercial-sized refrigerator to bolster its efforts in providing food to local people who need it.
In late December, the Christian Help Center announced it had received a $1,749 grant from the People Fund, which is supported by money from Great Lakes Energy members who donate by “rounding up their bills to next highest dollar.”
Nancy Goodyear, the current Christian Help Center director, said Cindy Hummel, the previous director, applied for the grant.
The Christian Help Center purchased the refrigerator and it was delivered in late January. It took some work to get the massive appliance into its new home in the center. Goodyear said a nearby local business provided manpower and machinery to help the center get the refrigerator inside and set up.
“Huge shout out to Stephan Wood Products. They brought their pallet mover and their forklift over to move it,” Goodyear said.
Goodyear said the Christian Help Center plans to use the new refrigerator for dairy products and fresh produce.
“The main thing with the refrigerators is we can offer fresh foods whether it’s dairy products or produce and not just canned goods. Fresh is always better than canned,” Goodyear said.
The Christian Help Center now has three refrigerators and four freezers.
“And they’re almost always full,” Goodyear said.
Goodyear said people donate food and money to the Christian Help Center, and the center uses the money to purchase items at a low price from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
“For every dollar we can purchase $6 worth of food from the food bank,” she said.
The Christian Help Center offers food and hygiene products for local people at no cost. There are no income specifications but the center does require that people who come for food are Crawford County residents. There are limits on the amounts of items that people can take at one time.
The Crawford County Community Christian Help Center is located at 300 Huron Street near Walgreens. People can donate non-perishable food items, money, or hygiene products by calling the center at 348-6046 or stopping by the center during its normal business hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).