Food drive a success; bottle drive, Simply Give coming up



Knights of Columbus volunteer Barry Boyd and Derek Salem help unload food donations at the United Methodist Church. Photo by Lania Rocha

Knights of Columbus volunteer Barry Boyd and Derek Salem help unload food donations at the United Methodist Church. Photo by Lania Rocha

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek community turned out once again to support the Swartz Creek Community Food Basket.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Knights of Columbus of St. Mary Queen of Angels church sponsored a food drive that netted 1,516 pounds of food plus $265 in donations for the food pantry, which is located at the United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek.

“Many thanks to the Swartz Creek Knights of Columbus at St. Mary Church for sponsoring this drive, so we can continue to serve the Swartz Creek Community with their needs during this time,” said pantry Chairwoman Lynn Boyd.

Meijer on Morrish Road currently is partnering with customers to provide further assistance to the pantry.

Through the Simply Give campaign, which is ongoing through Saturday, Oct. 24, shoppers can purchase a $10 donation card at the Morrish Road Meijer and Meijer will match that donation, Boyd said.

On Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12, Meijer will double match the $10 donation, making the grand total $30 per $10 gift card, she said.

“The Swartz Creek food pantry receives, in return, Meijer food cards to purchase much-needed perishables and food, which allows us a wider variety when we are open twice weekly,” Boyd said.

The food pantry is open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Fridays. The program is a cooperative effort of the United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s and Messiah Lutheran Church.

Recipients must reside within the Swartz Creek Community Schools district and must complete an application before receiving food and personal care items.

The pantry serves about 250 local families monthly.

The community also can help support the Knights of Columbus from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12, when the organization hosts a can and bottle drive at St. Mary’s church.

Proceeds will benefit Michigan seminarians.

To make the collection as safe and successful as possible, please place returnable cans and bottles in the trunk or truck bed of your vehicle, remain in your vehicle – collection staff will remove items – and observe social distancing guidelines.