How We Began

Ypsilanti Friends Church (YFC) started a grocery ministry several decades ago at the suggestion of another charity organization, Friends in Deed (FID).  FID had noticed interest in their food distribution ministry of people residing near YFC.  At FID’s suggestion, a modest food ministry began at YFC. 

Initially, needs were made known to ladies at YFC and they would purchase items or have food donated. It was delivered to the home of the individuals in need.  As the program grew and more families were served on a regular basis, the program developed into a monthly grocery pick-up on the church campus.

At times, there were devotional lessons included in the contact with participating individuals.

Where We Are Today
As the third Thursday of every month continued it seemed necessary during the pandemic of 2020 to increase the distribution days to twice a month.  Thus, the first and third Thursdays became the new routine.  This extra distribution day required more food which would not have been an issue if it weren’t for a food insecurity caused by the pandemic.  With limits on quantities and foods available, it became very clear that other means of acquiring food would be necessary.  A partnership with Food Gatherers provided the much needed foods to keep the Quaker Cupboard open twice a month.  
Currently, we still receive the Farmers’ to Families Food boxes from the federal government until the program changes or funding ceases.  We also can order many varieties of meat, canned goods, and non-food items from Food Gatherers with the gracious grant provided from them.  This partnership and the gracious donations from the church family have expanded the ministry of Q.C. to anyone who comes and regardless of income.  What a joy we experience as we share with the families of our community! 
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1:30 – 3 pm
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