At 10 a.m., Wednesday November 25, American Legion Post 102 of Rockford, in cooperation with St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church, hosted their first Mobile Food Pantry from the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank.
Over 40 Legion members were assisted by 30 Boy Scouts from Troops 264, 282 and 228.
In a brief ceremony prior to distributing the food, Post Commander Tom Plaska presented a check in the amount of $1,300 to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Dena Rogers who was on hand to represent the food bank, accepted the check. The $1,300 check was given as a token of the Post’s commitment, to assisting community members in need, though the Mobile Pantry Program.
In all, the Post divided and distributed 5,133 pounds of food to 108 families, consisting of over 354 family members.
Post Commander Tom Plaska applauded the volunteers and reminded them that the American Legion’s success depends entirely upon active membership, participation and volunteerism. And that the organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
The Post has scheduled their second Mobile Pantry for December 22 at 10:00 AM. A third is also scheduled for January 25. Those families residing in the North Kent Area who require food assistance are invited to attend.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion currently has about 2.6 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.
It is only through the efforts of the community that projects such as the mobile food pantry can be successful. A number of businesses, when asked, have stepped forward with needed resources. The Legion is very grateful for
the assistance of Red’s on the River, D&W Food Market, Meijer, DVS Trucking and Alloy Exchange, who all contributed in some manner to the success of this project.
The support of the membership of St. Stephens Lutheran Church has been invaluable, assisting the Legion members with everything from resources to coaching. They have truly been a big part of the pantry’s success.