(Lighthouse, Nov. 2, 2017)
Pontiac, MI – Lighthouse of Oakland County is experiencing one of the largest increases in demand for food they’ve seen during the back-to-school season. “We always experience an increase in the number of children served by the food pantry during the summer months, and that increase held steady in September,” said CEO Rick David. In 2016, the Lighthouse Food Pantry – Oakland County’s only five-day-per-week food pantry, served 16,576 individuals, 40% of them being children.
Donations are critical to the Lighthouse Food Pantry – and are needed now. Without access to adequate food and nutrition, the educational and developmental impact to children and families is well-documented, (Read Facts on Childhood Hunger).
Lighthouse is asking for the community’s help in meeting this increase in demand for food. Perishable and non-perishable items are needed. Among the items are:
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Baby Food & Formula
Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Shampoo & Conditioner
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
DIRECTIONS TO DONATE
Individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and service clubs interested in donating or organizing a food drive should call 248.972.1492. You can also bring these items to Door D at Lighthouse of Oakland County, 46156 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, MI 48342. Enter Parking lot off of Cottage Street.
About Lighthouse of Oakland County
Since 1972, Lighthouse of Oakland County has been a cornerstone of Southeast Michigan helping individuals and families move from crisis towards self-sufficiency. From its headquarters on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, and a second location in Clarkston, Lighthouse provides programs across the spectrum of basic needs to stability and self-sufficiency. Programs and services include Oakland County’s only five-day-per-week food pantry; workforce development and financial education; life-skill building, job search and networking; senior services; and affordable housing programs including the two-year transitional housing for homeless women and children; as well as other programs to prevent homelessness and build responsible home ownership.