Otsego County
Food Pantry


Who We are

The mission of the Otsego County Food Pantry is to distribute emergency food to people who live or work in Otsego County.  The distribution will be done through charitable contributions of non perishable food and/or funding from churches. organizations or individuals.

Originally the Food Pantry was an R.S.V.P. program.  In 1989, through the cooperative effort of the Ministerial Association and other concerned organizations, the Pantry became governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from participating churches and organizations.  In April of 1991, the Food Pantry became a Michigan non-profit corporation (#38-3374066).

 


Who Do We Serve?

Many persons in our community face a constant struggle to provide food for their families. Others occasionally need help when faced with unexpected expenses, illness or loss of income.  People sometimes have to make decisions between food, heat and medications.  For countless reasons, we feed people.


 

Funding

Otsego County Food Pantry receives funding support in a variety of ways:

  1. Private donations of food and  funding from individuals, churches and organizations;

  2. Otsego County United Way (rent and utilities)

  3. Annual CROP Hunger Walk

 


 

Interesting Stats

Year

Individuals Served

Families Served

1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

1462
1344
1608
1835
2141
2237
2654
2801
3270
3683
3631
3956
4437
5399
5975
5962
5615
6092
6363
6069
6306
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
801
858
1006
1155
1153
1294
1417
1717
1843
1832
1729
1834
1997
1884
1911

Stats for 2014:


* Number of children:

0-5 years:
6-19 years:
733
1612
 

* Number of people 20-59 yrs.

3464
 

* Number of seniors served, 60+ years:

497
 

* Most people served in one month,
November, 2012:

750
 

The Otsego County Food Pantry is managed completely by volunteers from 13 area churches.  We have no paid staff.  Without volunteers there would be no Food Pantry.


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