Donation helps fill boxes at Attica United Methodist

ATTICA TWP. — On a bright, sunny morning Monday, the basement and parking lot of the Attica Methodist Church was as busy as a bee hive with a multitude of workers sorting through food.

Twice a month, dozens of volunteers converge on the basement of the Attica Methodist Church, joining together to carry out a mission of helping Lapeer County residents.

J.R. Lomerson (left) and Imlay City Lions President Bill Winslow (far right) present a $500 check to Thelma Winslow and members of the Attica United Methodist Church for their Food Bank.

According to the church’s website, the Food Bank is one of the largest events the church puts on, along with serving a community meal, making clothing for children in Africa and Haiti and providing a playgroup for pre-school children.

This week, the Imlay City Lions Club jumped in on the action to help the cause, donating $500 to the Food Bank to help out county residents.

J.R. Lomerson and Thelma Winslow accepted the check from the Imlay City Lions and were very appreciative of their generosity.

Volunteers of all ages gather early in the morning on the second and fourth Monday of the month to sort through hundreds of pounds of food.

Trucks pulling trailers head to the Flint area early in the morning and pick up a wide variety of food, including pantry items, frozen meat and other items.

The supplies come from the Eastern Michigan Food Bank.
The local Dollar
General store, through co-operation with their corporate offices, gets in on the giving, donating items for recipients as well.
The church food b
ank, now in it’s 16th year of operation, has been a blessing to hundreds of families.

“Any more, it seems like everyone is needy with the way times are now,” said Imlay City Lions Club President Bill Winslow.

“There’s a few that aren’t able to make it out to pick up their food, and we have volunteers who will take a box filled with food items to folks. Like shut-ins or there might be someone who is sick. We try to get food to everyone who is in the car line, or to those who might contact the church and ask for help in getting food to them.”

Winslow, who gives his time to help pick-up the food and make deliveries, said cars start lining up along Elk Lake Rd. in front of the church early, often times stretching around the block and out towards Lake Pleasant Rd.

Prior to the food distribution, volunteers in the basement of the church have a system of filling cardboard boxes, moving along like an assembly line, with each volunteer putting in an item from their stacks of food.

Other volunteers move food around when supply piles start to dwindle along the “assembly line,” using carts to transport the items.

“We start filling cars around 12:30,” said Winslow. They pull up, a volunteer puts in a box of food, bag of potatoes and milk and they drive off. It’s much more organized now. The folks we are helping just stay in their cars and stay in line. They circle around the church and exit to the south.”

Organizers of the event say they are able to positively impact the lives of at least 350 families from Lapeer County each month, with the food giveaway.