Flint Township church provides distribution site for fresh produce



Volunteers from Central Church of the Nazarene loading boxes of produce. Photo by Ben Gagnon

Volunteers from Central Church of the Nazarene loading boxes of produce. Photo by Ben Gagnon

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township families in need of fresh food will have more options this summer, thanks to a distribution program at Central Church of the Nazarene.

Since July 7, Central Church of the Nazarene has been distributing fresh produce and dairy products from its location on 1261 Bristol Road in Flint Township. Distributions are being held from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Friday morning at the church’s gymnasium, where volunteers are ready to load boxes and assist families with pick-up.

The distribution program was made possible by Greater Holy Temple in Flint, which has partnered with World Vision International, Farm to Families and Prairie Farms Dairy to provide fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy to Flint families in need. Central Church of the Nazarene was selected to be one of several distribution sites for the program in the Flint area.

Each week, Central Church of the Nazarene will be giving away up to 520 produce boxes and a little under 400 dairy boxes to area families. Most families will receive three produce boxes and one dairy box per visit, although accommodations will be made for large families.

Photo by Ben Gagnon

Photo by Ben Gagnon

Jon Livengood, a mission engagement coordinator for Central Church of the Nazarene, said that his church is honored to be part of the food distribution network. He also said that the distribution program ties in with the church’s outreach to families in the Carman-Ainsworth School District.

“Our church has a partnership with Dillon Elementary, and we have many volunteers who work there as aides or mentors,” he said. “We also provide school supplies for every classroom at the beginning of the year and pack 60 weekend food bags for the kids every week.

“When we heard that Carman-Ainsworth was ending their food distribution program for the summer, we asked if they would let their families know about our program, so that they could take advantage of it,” Livengood added.

For more information on World Vision International’s food distribution efforts, visit wvi.org. More details on Central Church of the Nazarene’s outreach programs are available at centralnazarene.com.