mid city nutrition capital campaign corporate brochure--10-11-2018--FINAL

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mid city nutrition program

new building capital campaign


who we are/what we do/& why

“If you want to eliminate hunger,

everybody has to be involved.”

Bono

And so, in 1987, “everybody” came together and formed

Mid City Nutrition Program at St. Martin Lutheran

Church to help eliminate hunger in the Blue Water Area.

Feeding the hungry in our community was not a new idea.

Prior to the establishment of MCNP, Bethlehem Temple

and the First Presbyterian Church had served food to the

hungry.

MCNP serves two meals

daily, five days a week,

and one meal daily on

weekends, serving an

average of more than

68,000 meals annually.

MCNP is an affiliated

organization that

coordinates mobile

food pantries for the

Food Bank of Eastern

Michigan. More than

5,000 families are

served annually at 38

local locations.

Over the years, MCNP grew in

the numbers that it served, but its

mission remained the same: to feed

the body and mind of all individuals

in need in our community.

MCNP has operated, since its

austere beginning, in large part

thanks to the donation of food,

time, talent, and treasure from

individuals, local businesses, local

church congregations, and various

granting foundations and agencies.

Today, MCNP continues to serve

two meals daily, Monday through

Friday, and one each on Saturday

and Sunday, at St. Martin’s

Lutheran Church.

MCNP is an affiliated organization

that coordinates mobile food

pantries for the Food Bank of

Eastern Michigan. More than 5,000

families are served annually at 38

local locations.

MCNP also provides more than 4,100 meals annually

to those in need who are receiving help from other local

nonprofits through a Partnership Meal program. These

include Literacy & Beyond, the Harbor, Pathways, Center

of Port Huron and many others. Food donations are

shared with nonprofit agencies such as B-Warm, Food

Depot, SOS Pantry in Marysville, Huron House and

more.

MCNP is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Facts & Figures

Mid City Nutrition Program:

2017-2018 budget:....................................................................... $168,900

Meals served annually: .................................................................. 68,867

Number of meals served daily:.......................................................200+

Pounds of donated food given to guests:................................ 150,000

Community volunteers:.....................................................................300+

Demographics Served by MCNP:

Age range:........................................................... Infant to 80+ years old

Diversity:.................................................Wide range of ethnic heritage

Mobile Food Pantry Facts & Figures:

Number of food distribution locations: ............................................. 38

Pounds of food distributed annually:....................................... 398,477

Demographics Served by Mobile Food Pantry:

Families:................................................................................................ 5,099

Senior citizens 65+ years old:........................................................... 200

Individuals:......................................................................................... 16,935


why a building/why now/& How

“When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar,

you mustn’t behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog.

You must give humbly and thank him for allowing you to have a part in his hunger.”

Giovanni Guareschi

The Mid City Nutrition Program has had a home at St. Martin

Lutheran Church at 8th and Chestnut in Port Huron since it was

established in 1987.

Since then, the needs and the focus of the organization has changed, as

we strive to better meet the needs of our guests. For instance, our guests

have become both older and younger, and we now have many more

men than women attending than we did 31 years ago.

In addition to serving meals daily, MCNP has begun to manage referral

services for our guests, provided additional food for them, and directed

them to medical, dental, and mental health services at other local

agencies, and provided nutrition information and education.

In recent years, the MCNP board of directors reviewed the current

location and recognized the fact that the organization had outgrown

its current space. There was also a desire to be located in an facility

that would allow for greater storage capacity, and also efficiency and

accessibility. So, in 2017, the board approved the purchase of property at

830 Griswold, at Ninth Street, just a few blocks away from the current

location, which works well for the MCNP client population.

The property contained two buildings (5,800 sq., ft and 1,000 sq., ft.,

respectively.) This space offered the opportunity to realize the long-term

need for a teaching kitchen, and increased space for up to 225 guests per

seating.

Upon inspection, it was discovered that there had been a serious fire and

significant damage to the trusses and ceilings. Professional inspections

showed other structural and abatement concerns, and it was decided that

demolition was the only option. The main building was razed in June

2018.

The smaller, building remains, as it has steel construction. This is where

we will realize the long-held dream of a teaching kitchen. This is critical

for the long-term stability and food security of our guests. What good is a

pound of chicken if you don’t know what to do with it?

MCNP has partnered with Blue Water Habitat for Humanity to be the

project manager on the new building and renovation of the remaining

structure for education. BWHH brings construction expertise,

equipment, building supplies and grant dollars to the project.

To date, in-kind gifts of more than $200,000 have been secured in the

form of a wide range of construction and building supplies and services.

capital campaign

fundraising goal:

$334,800

MCNP plans to raise $334,800 to cover all additional costs of

construction. It is anticipated that those dollars will be acquired from a

variety of donors, ranging from churches and service organizations, gifts

from individuals, and foundations and government grants.


mission statement

To continue to feed the hungry in St. Clair County for as long as there is a need.

board members/

& staff

Lisa K. Morse

Board Chair

John Hitzeroth

Vice Chairman

Beth Belanger

Treasurer

Deb Johnson

Secretary

Susan Bennett

Executive Director

Anita Varty

Business Manager

Tiffany MacReady

Kitchen Manager

Paul, Kelly, Mel, Jeff

Cooks

Directors:

Rhonda Bessette

Josh Chapman

Mary Depner

Juanita Gittings

Laurie Irwin

Justin Neil

Christine Newberry

Judy Redmond

Hale Walker

Ernest Werth-Toward

Mike

Driver

And our many

Loyal Volunteers!

community partners

will you please

contribute?

For more than 30 years, the Mid City Nutrition

Program has helped some of the most vulnerable

in our community. All of that assistance has been

possible due to the generosity of our community.

In order to continue to serve those in need, and

to expand our services to help our clients become

healthier by providing nutritional education, we

need your help.

Will you please contribute to the capital campaign

that will allow us to construct a new facility that will

provide better health, remove hunger pains, and

provide a place for fellowship for those in need?

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Your contribution will change the lives of

infants, children, adults and senior citizens in our

community so that none of them will go to bed

hungry and will enable us to help them learn how to

provide a lifetime of self-care.

Please contact us today so we can help you plan your gift.