MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft Co. Feeding America Mobile Food Truck will visit Manistique on Wednesday July 26th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The location for pick up is Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, 7870W US Highway 2, Manistique, MI. Anyone residing in Schoolcraft County may participate. If you are picking up a box for another family, please bring a signed note with their address and permission to issue the box to you. PLEASE BRING A LARGE EMPTY CARDBOARD BOX. The distribution is set up drive-through style. ALL CARS MUST ENTER ON SOUTHTOWN DRIVE – FOLLOW SIGNS. All vehicles will be directed to SMH EXITS after pick up. The next truck has been scheduled August 28th, 2019.
Residents may also have a box of food delivered to their door, by calling Schoolcraft County Public Transit at 341-2111 at least 24 hours in advance. Residents are reminded that the delivery list is limited and requests can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. The cost for delivery has been covered by a grant given by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sara Giles, Marketing Director at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital 906-341-3293. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. They feed 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
Food insecurity affects 1 in 8 people in our region – an estimated 285,000 people. Children are particularly vulnerable with 1 in 7 at risk of hunger – approximately 80,000 total. As of 2017, nationally, 52.4% of food insecure households had at least one adult family member working full time, another 10% working part-time, with 13.3% being retired and 15.1% not working because of a disability. Low-wage and part-time jobs – or even full-time jobs – often do not pay enough to keep a family out of poverty especially when they do not include health benefits. Locally, the 20,000 lbs trucks help feed 500 households in Schoolcraft County monthly.
If you, or your business is interested in sponsoring a food truck, please contact Sara Giles, SMH Marketing Director at 906-341-3293. For more information about food assistance services in Schoolcraft County, contact Good Neighbor Services at 906-341- 3927.