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You Can Help Feed Over 7,000 Families this Holiday Season

Make the holiday season brighter for families in need by signing up to provide a holiday meal through the Holiday Giving Network.
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Suggested Food List for Holiday Meals

  • Meat – turkey, ham, or chicken
  • Potatoes, (fresh, boxed, or canned,) rice or pasta
  • Vegetables – canned, fresh, or frozen
  • Fruit – canned or fresh
  • Bread/Rolls
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Dessert – frozen, cake mix, pie mix and filling, or whipped topping
  • Gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pickles or olives
A family is signing up to receive a holiday meal at one of the food pantries.

A family is signing up to receive a holiday meal at one of the food pantries.

/courtesy of Access of West Michigan

The Holiday Giving Network was formed to match congregations, individuals, groups, or businesses that can provide food with persons who need extra food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year over 7,000 families signed up to receive a holiday meal. Our goal is to work together so that more families will be served. Here is how you can become involved:

  1. Complete the online provider form.
  2. A pantry will contact you with the recipient’s name and address information, a suggested food list, and an instruction sheet.
  3. Consider giving a holiday meal at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Often we have a shortage of providers at Christmas. Please indicate your holiday choices on the Provider Form.

Families in Need

If you know someone who might benefit from receiving holiday food, encourage that person to sign up at their Pantry Resource Center as soon as possible. Applications are taken between October 1 — November 13 for Thanksgiving and between October 1 — November 30 for Christmas. First come, first served.

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