Clyde Sinclair

Rockford’s American Legion Post provides food for the holidays

December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Two days before Thanksgiving, a time when many people are traveling to visit family, members of the Rockford American Legion Post were distributing more than 9,300 pounds of food to North Kent County families. Since their first mobile food pantry, held two days before Thanksgiving 2009, the Legion has distributed more than 180,000 pounds of food. Using beverage trucks, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank delivers fresh produce, dairy and other items directly to the Legion’s parking lot to be distributed. “When the weather is nice, we place tables around the truck and create an out-door market. During the winter months, we unload the truck, carrying the food into our banquet hall where tables have been set up,” says Clyde Sinclair, Commander of the Post. “In both instances our focus is on providing our guests with a comfortable and enjoyable experience.” The mobile pantry is a team effort. As they have numerous times before, students from Rockford Christian School turned out to assist with the pantry. Next month the Post expects help from local Boy Scout Troops. Behind the scenes, local businesses and fraternal organizations provide financial and material assistance. “We are so fortunate to have such wonderful support from the citizens of Rockford. This is such a great community to live in” says Sinclair. Chartered in 1919, the Post has a rich history of service in Rockford. The current mobile pantry is just one of many such activities the Post conducts throughout the year. “Members of The American Legion, the Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion make up the Post” says Sinclair. Veterans, their spouses and children are all eligible to become members and help us continue the tradition.” The Post will host it’s next mobile pantry at 10 a.m. on December 27, 2011  

Masonic Lodge joins American Legion to feed hungry locally

November 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Committed to making life better in their community, the Rockford Masonic Lodge presented $1,350 to the Rockford American Legion Post, in support of the Post’s Operation Cornucopia. The American Legion Post created Operation Cornucopia in 2009 to distribute food to northern Kent County residents who are experiencing difficult times. To date, more than 70,000 pounds of food have been distributed to more than 600 families in need. “With charity being the cornerstone of Masonry, it seemed only natural to join with the American Legion to feed the hungry in our community,” said Worshipful Master Jim Penrod. “When called upon to help, the members dug into their own pockets along with hosting a dinner theater to provide the necessary funds. I can’t thank the brothers enough for supporting this most worthy and noble cause.” “We are very thankful for this very gracious gift and pleased to have the members of the Masonic Lodge on our team,” replied Clyde Sinclair, Commander of the Rockford Post. “Operation Cornucopia is truly a community work and, without the assistance of other community members, we would be unable to provide the aid that we do.”