Encounter Community Church in Belding opens children’s pantry
BELDING – What started as a baby pantry in Belding has grown to better serve the community.
Encounter Community Church in Belding has opened a children’s pantry. A ribbon cutting and grand opening with the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday, May 19 at the church, 1213 W. State St., in Belding.
Articles are distributed on the second Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The community can visit the pantry to receive diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, gas drops, baby wash and shampoo, ointments and clothing.
Encounter Community Church is looking for individuals and businesses who are interested in donating pantry items or volunteering. Anyone interested who has questions or would like to donate or volunteer can contact the church at 616-794-5080 or [email protected]
The children’s pantry was originally a baby pantry at the covered shopping center in the village of Belding, Encounter Community Church pastor Rob Lawrence said. The pantry is now located in a building behind Encounter Community Church.
âOne of the things we noticed when we did a community assessment was that there was a lot of pantry, but there was nothing for families who needed (diapers). for babies) who were in financial difficulty. Laurent said. âWe decided to do something that would meet this need. It just took off.
While the pantry was supposed to provide help for babies in the community, Lawrence said there was a greater need for children.
The church has started collecting and distributing clothing to children, Lawrence said. He received help from organizations such as EightCAP, Inc. and Have Mercy in Greenville.
âThere has been a great partnership with other community organizations that really serve the needs of not only Belding, but the Belding and Greenville area as well,â Lawrence said.
Lawrence encourages community members to let others know that the children’s pantry is an available resource.
Belding Mayor Bruce Meyers and City Councilor Jorel Davis were in attendance for Wednesday’s opening.
âWe just wanted to thank Encounter Community Church for taking the initiative for this pantry and thanking them and their members for all they do for the community,â said Meyers. “This is obviously something that is a great asset to the community and we are very grateful to have people like Encounter Church to be a part of Belding.”
Lawrence thanked the city, the House and the community for their support.
âWe value what the city values ââand what the Chamber values,â he said. âWe want to make our community a great place. It’s a little way to do it.