To the Editor:
The Alden Community UMC Food Pantry has been in existence for some 15-plus years. Originally housed in a small portion of a storage room, all of the donations of food came from the church members themselves, through the purchase of canned goods and non-perishable items.
During this time, there were few other area pantries for those in need of assistance. As more community food pantries were established and housed in their own facilities, the Alden UMC Food Pantry found that the needs of our clients had changed, and our limited space was not adequate. Being able to receive the staples needed from other community pantries, requests were being made for perishable items such as bread, milk, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables.
In 2004, the Alden Community UMC Food Pantry established a board of directors who came up with a plan to meet the requested needs of their clients. Monetary donations were received from area businesses, private citizens, members and friends of the church. A voucher system was set up in conjunction with the Village Market in Rapid City. Money is deposited “on account” at their facility, and then a voucher is issued to the client to redeem in one visit to the store. They may purchase anything according to their needs, with the exception of alcohol and tobacco. The amount of the voucher is based on family size and extent of their immediate financial need.
Serving the immediate surrounding communities, the pantry still relies solely on monetary donations, and is appreciative of all who give to this worthwhile effort of caring for the needs of those within our communities.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, would like to stop in for an application, or would like to make a tax deductible donation, the contact info is
Alden Community UMC, P.O. Box 130, Alden, MI. 49612
For more information, please call (231) 331-4132.
The members of Alden
UMC Food Pantry