Donors give around $5,000 worth of food, gift cards and funds to support Food Basket



Jeanette Phelps organized the food drive to benefit the Swartz Creek Community Food Basket. Photos by Lania Rocha

Jeanette Phelps organized the food drive to benefit the Swartz Creek Community Food Basket. Photos by Lania Rocha

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek community responded in true Dragon fashion when the call went out to help restock the Swartz Creek Community Food Basket.

More than 50 cars went through a drive-up/ drop-off food drive held Tuesday, May 12, at the United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek. In just more than an hour, donors had delivered $4,400 in cash or checks, $300 in Meijer gift cards and enough food and personal care items to fill five 8-foot tables.

“This was way beyond my expectations,” said Jeanette Phelps, a church member who organized the food drive. “We received two envelopes with $1,000 in them. I don’t know who (donated them). And the food! We got a lot of food. One table was nothing but produce. People were very generous and very caring.”

Food Basket Chairwoman Lynn Boyd was thrilled at the outcome.

“The generosity of the Swartz Creek community really came through,” she said. “There are so many people wanting to help during these unprecedented times. Many thanks to Jeanette and her team of volunteers for making this a huge success.”

Volunteers Richard Moreland, Barb Young, and Suzette Ehrhart unload donations.

Volunteers Richard Moreland, Barb Young, and Suzette Ehrhart unload donations.

Phelps said she was inspired to organize the food drive because many church members usually drop off food in the foyer before Sunday services, but with the COVID-19 social distancing orders in place, no one can go to church.

“The extra stuff wasn’t coming in,” she said. “I was trying to think of something I could do to help those less fortunate, so I decided this would be a good way to do it. I had no idea it was going to be quite as successful as it was.

“The people went above and beyond. Those who could give obviously felt it was something they could do. The people here … it’s a little town … this little community, they just come out full force to help others.”