Food drive nets more than 2,000 products for Grand Blanc families

Volunteers collected more than 2,000 items to help Grand Blanc families during these tough times. Courtesy photo

Volunteers collected more than 2,000 items to help Grand Blanc families during these tough times. Courtesy photo

GRAND BLANC — FISH would like to thank Rachael Gaydos and Emeleigh Peters for reaching out to their less fortunate neighbors in the Grand Blanc Community Schools by conducting a food drive last week.

While assisting FISH during the weekly food distributions, these young women expressed concerns that many of their peers were not aware of so many struggling families in their own community.

As a result, they got approval from High School Principal Dr. Michael Fray and, within a week, had organized the effort.

With the help of several of their friends, and the Grand Blanc Police and Fire departments, they collected more than 2,000 food, paper, hygiene and laundry products.

FISH conducts a weekly food distribution open to all Grand Blanc Community Schools residents, with or without children, hosted by St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 9020 S. Saginaw in Grand Blanc.

Chairman Barb Smith reports that the number of participants has grown since March, from 175-200 monthly to 350-400 weekly.

“It is very rewarding to our steadfast volunteers when a recipient expresses their sincere gratitude for our service and without us, they would go hungry some days as they cannot stretch their food dollars far enough,” Smith said.

The distribution starts at 9 a.m. with a curbside pickup, first come, first serve, until the food is gone.

Thanks also go out to the Grand Blanc community as a whole for their continued support of FISH, Smith said.

“While the community has supported our efforts since 1974, at no time has it been as strong as now,” she said. “I am personally very proud of my Grand Blanc neighbors for reaching out to help their less fortunate neighbors!”

For more information, visit www.fishofgrandblanc.org or call 810.866.4409, or email: fishofgrandblancmi@gmail.com to become involved. — L.R.