Berkley First Grows from Little Food Pantry, to Full Size Effort

 

Berkley First Grows from Little Food Pantry, to Full Size Effort

Berkley, MI – During the COVID-19 shutdown, when people needed one another the most, Berkley residents were inspired to help the community and lend a hand. Thus, the Berkley Cares Food Pantry was born.

The idea was sparked by the little food pantry which stands alone on 12 Mile Rd. right in front of Berkley First. When the pandemic hit, it was hard to keep that little pantry filled with food. Seeing the severity of food insecurity in the area, coupled with the continued impact on food resources because of the pandemic, Berkley residents, Liz Petry, and Jessica and Casey Worrall came together to create the Berkley Cares Food Pantry.

Headquartered within the Berkley First Church located at 2820 12 Mile Rd., this full-service pantry helps to address the growing need for food assistance in Berkley and Oakland County. This pantry serves individuals, families, adults, seniors, the displaced community, the unemployed, and the working poor.

Everyone is treated with integrity and compassion. No questions asked and no judgment is given.

Berkley Cares Food Pantry officially opened its doors in early October 2021 and is open for “Pantry Day” every Saturday from 10 AM to 12 PM. Guests are asked to stay in their vehicles and a volunteer will take their order and place items within their trunk. Walk-ups are also welcome if an individual is without a car. Home delivery is also available for seniors over 65, shut-ins, and those with mobility issues who live within a 3-mile radius of Berkley. Those individuals can call 248-907-0723 at least 24 hours before any pantry day to schedule a delivery.

If you would like to donate food, personal items, or pet food to Berkley Cares Food Pantry, you can shop their Berkley Cares Food Pantry Amazon Smiles page, contribute a monetary donation through their website, www.berkleycaresfoodpantry.com, mail a check to their PO box (PO box 5012, Berkley MI 48072), or you can send an email to berkleycaresfoodpantry@gmail.com.

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