Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry at Crossroads Church in Norway Friday

NORWAY — Free food will be distributed at 4 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Alliance church facility at 130 Odill Drive in Norway, home of Bethany Lutheran Church and Grace United Methodist Church.

This is a change in time from the usual 5 p.m. distribution. However, due to the need to manage traffic flow and prevent any backup of vehicles to highway if people arrive ahead of the time of the distribution, it could be possible the distribution will start earlier if everything is ready earlier than anticipated.

Information from Feeding America West Michigan allows the distribution to be conducted. Organizers have been informed Feeding America is an essential service provider, so they are able to continue with this distribution.

The order states “critical infrastructure workers also include: Workers and volunteers for businesses or operations, including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations, that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.” Therefore, mobile pantry volunteers also are exempt from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order. 

The distribution will be on a drive-through basis. Vehicles will line up in the parking lot of Norway Covenant Church at 120 Odill Drive, Norway. Those attending are asked to follow volunteers’ directions.

A screening process will take place for anyone who wants to volunteer. Masks, for those who can wear them, and gloves will be provided for those who do not have their own.

This food distribution is sponsored by a grant through the Dickinson Community Foundation and by the joint efforts of Bethany Lutheran, Evangelical Covenant, Grace United Methodist, St. Mary/St. Barbara parishes, and Community Bible Chapel in Norway.

Feeding America is bringing the mobile food pantry to the area from the West Michigan Food Bank near Grand Rapids, Mich. It operates a network of food banks and is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

Anyone who needs food assistance is welcome to come and receive produce and groceries that have been made available by donations and partnerships from people and corporations that share the goal of solving the problem of hunger in America.

Registration will be done by volunteers at each vehicle, and participants are asked to remain in their vehicle during this process for health and safety reasons.

For more information or to help with the distribution, call the Rev. Irene White at the Grace United Methodist Church office at 906-563-8917 or 906-420-1797.


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