Proos donates food to local food bank, encourages residents to help alleviate shortage

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos donated food to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Niles on Thursday and encouraged area residents to join him in helping support the work of local food banks during the current shortage.

“One of the things that makes Michigan’s Great Southwest so great is that our community comes together to help our neighbors in times of need,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Food banks provide a wonderful service for struggling families, yet these pantries are often short of necessary supplies during the summer.

“I encourage residents to join me in donating to a local food bank. It is simple to do, yet can make a big difference in ensuring that no family goes hungry.”

The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Niles recently did not have not enough food to supply even one family. The pantry needs nonperishable food products, like canned goods and juices. Cash donations are preferred, since they allow the pantry to directly meet their specific needs.

The pantry feeds about 30 families per week and is fully supported by donors. At the pantry, a family in need receives a bag designed to last one week, and each family can only be served four times per calendar year.

This Sunday at 4 p.m., the Niles Area Community Orchestra will be holding a concert at the Summit Church in Niles at 1700 W. River Road. The concert is free, but they are asking for people to bring donations of nonperishable food for the Niles Salvation Army.

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Below is a list of places to donate food in Southwest Michigan:

Salvation Army Food Pantry
424 N. 15th St.
Niles, MI 49120
269-684-2720

Feeding American West Michigan Food Bank
1488 East Empire Ave.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
269-926-2646

The Salvation Army
105 N. 4th St.
Sturgis, MI 49091
269-651-4275

Southwest Gleaners Food Bank
622 Langley Ave.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-983-7260

St. Mary’s Christian Service Center
322 Clay St.
Niles, MI 49120
269-684-0637

Soup Kitchen Inc.
233 Michigan St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
269-925-8204

Holy Angels Helping Hands Food Pantry
402 S. Nottawa
Sturgis, MI 49091
269-651-5200

Harbor Country Emergency Food
6 S. Elm St.
Three Oaks, MI 49128
269-756-7472

Helping Hands of Cass County
130 S. Broadway St.
Cassopolis, MI
269-445-8104

Emergency Care Network (4 locations)
132 North Blackstone Ave.
Colon, MI 49040
269-423-3371

185 W. 5th Ave.
Constantine, MI 49042
269-435-9785

18 N. Main St.
Three Rivers, MI 49093
269-273-2147

16603 US-12
White Pigeon, MI 49099
269-483-7621