Caring & sharing

By Milan Eagle media

Dundee Caring and Sharing has been in existence since 1980.  It was started by Ruth McCully and Louise Proctor because of a Bible Study about caring for the less fortunate- Matthew 25.  They had a rummage sale to get started.  Originally they gave out food weekly but changed to once a month when it seemed to meet the needs of their clients (about how often they would come back) They continue to give out on the first Wednesday of each month at the Dundee United Methodist Church at 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Several years ago the Monroe County Food Bank asked them to take over the London Township site as well.  They do that site on the First Thursday of each month 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Qualifications to receive food are the same as all the Monroe County Food Bank sites- based on Federal guidelines of 120% of poverty level for income.  Loyal volunteers from many area churches help at both locations.  Sometimes students need service time for school projects or Scouts and they come to help.  Some are doing service that is court ordered.  Caring and Sharing financial support comes from Dundee and surrounding communities of Ida, Summerfield, Maybee, Petersburg, Several companies and groups do financial or food item drives for Caring and Sharing.  Donors, who used to be recipients and so appreciate what Caring and Sharing did for them, they now give back.  They purchase food from the Monroe County Food Bank, and shop at Kroger for items the Bank does not have to balance out what they give.  Some items from the Monroe County Food Bank are free, but not all.  Some comes from Gleaners and there is a cost per pound.  Ms. Proctor said, “God has blessed us to be able to stay in the giving business”.  They receive items that other closets have in excess, especially perishables – meat or bread- and share with them when they have excess.  Local farmers and gardeners provide them with fresh produce in season and a nursery provides their clients, who have a place for a garden, with plants for peppers, cabbage and tomatoes.  They also distribute the Federal Food whenever it is available.  Louise’s husband, Edwin Proctor, is the one who orders and picks up the food, and organizes the set up at Dundee and London.  Ms. Proctor said, “It takes many volunteers to get it all done. We are very grateful for loyal workers and the opportunity to serve others”.
Dundee United Methodist Church is located at 645 Franklin St. Dundee, MI.

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