By DAVE GORGON
For the Sunday Times
TAYLOR – Fish & Loaves, a Taylor-based community food pantry that helps serve the nutritional needs of seven southeast Michigan communities, will hold its 11th annual “Par for the Course” fundraiser golf outing Sept. 14 at Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road.
The outing, a four-person scramble, will begin with an 8 a.m. registration and continental breakfast, followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The $100-per-golfer fee includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf (with a cart), lunch at the turn, prizes for the winning team, raffle prizes, dinner, a two-hour bar service, prizes for “closest to the pin” and “closest to the line” and more.
Golfers can register online by visiting the home page at the Fish & Loaves website www.flcfp.org. For more information, or to register by phone, call Fish & Loaves at 734-992-6284.
In addition to golfers, organizers are seeking sponsors for the event. Hollens said she is grateful to those that have supported the pantry and its fundraisers throughout the 11-year history of Fish & Loaves.
“This is a true community effort,” Hollens said. “We have been blessed to receive the support of some great sponsors.”
Sponsors to date include Mans Lumber, Load 1, UAW Region 1A-Chuck Browning Director, Southgate Family Dental, Keith Lehman & Associates, Primerica, Allen Park City Councilwoman Tina Gaworecki, United Churches Credit Union, Taylor Rotary Club, Hennessey Engineers, Kiwanis Club of Allen Park, Democratic Club of Taylor, Life Bridge Church, Ellen and Jim Pfafflin and Trenton Church of Christ.
“The leadership of these organizations and the individual donors know the importance of making sure food is available to those in need,” Hollens said. “And with one in five kids not getting enough food regularly, child hunger remains a priority – and a formidable challenge – for us. We see approximately 4,000 children well under the age of 18 coming through our doors each year.”
Additional company and individual sponsorship opportunities are still available and welcome. For more information on these opportunities, contact Fish and Loaves at (734) 992-6284.
The largest client-choice food pantry in the state, Fish & Loaves relies on fundraising events, donations, food drives and volunteerism throughout the year to keep its shelves stocked. The golf outing is the pantry’s largest fundraiser of the year.
“We’re looking forward to another great event,” said Fish & Loaves Executive Director Mary Hollens. “This year’s golf outing comes at a critical time for our community. Our food shelves are in dire need of restocking as children are heading back to school in September – and the need for food-related assistance continues with no decrease in sight. The golf outing supplies a big portion of the much-needed dollars that allow us to keep serving those in need in our communities.”
Hollens said it takes more than $20,000 a month for the nonprofit organization to provide food to the needy residents in the its service area, which includes Allen Park,, Dearborn Heights, Southgate, Taylor Brownstown Township, Romulus and Woodhaven.
Event: “Par for the Course” charity golf outing
Sponsor: Fishes & Loaves Community Food Pantry
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Location: Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road, Taylor, Michigan
Time: Registration: 8 a.m.; Shotgun start: 9 a.m.
Cost: $100 per golfer. Admission includes continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, prizes, raffles, lunch, dinner and two-hour bar service.
Registration: Go to the home page on the Fish & Loaves website www.flcfp.org or call (734) 992-6284
For More Information: Call Fish & Loaves at (734) 992-6284
Sponsorships/Donations: Are still welcome – call Fish & Loves for more details
About Fish & Loaves
The Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry is a 501c3 (nonprofit), volunteer-based food pantry that serves seven Southeast Michigan communities – Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor and Woodhaven – in its mission to ensure that “No One Goes Hungry.” A faith-based organization, Fish & Loaves provides emergency food assistance to individuals and families with compassion, respect, dignity and generosity, regardless of religious beliefs or cultural background.
Based in Taylor, Michigan, Fish & Loaves is organized on a client-choice model basis, allowing clients to shop in a store-like setting six times per year. Equipped with ample commercial freezers and refrigerators in a 12,000-square-foot pantry and warehouse space, Fish & Loves is able to provide a more robust selection of food items than other pantries throughout the area. As the largest client-choice food pantry in the State of Michigan, the organization distributes more than 1.6 million pounds of food annually to 3,000 households impacted primarily by job loss. Last year, Fish & Loaves welcomed 16,000 visits by households seeking food assistance, averaging 3-4 new client visits daily. Hunger and nutrition are foremost in the organization’s mission, realizing that more than 54 percent of the children in its service communities are eligible for free or reduced lunches. In three of these communities, the percentage is significantly higher, ranging between 65 and 73 percent.
Fish & Loaves relies on the contributed time and talents of more than 300 volunteers from the community. Since Fish & Loaves relies on mostly volunteer labor, an unmatched percentage of all monetary donations goes directly to purchase food for distribution to its clients. While benefiting from donated food, Fish & Loaves also purchases food from various sources to keep its shelves and refrigerators stocked at an expense of some $25,000 to $27,000 monthly.