New Immaculate Conception Food Pantry Stocking Shelves
Students at a Traverse City school are stocking the shelves to get ready to open a brand new food pantry.
The old pantry building at Immaculate Conception had been around for about 30 years — and it was time for some major upgrades.
Plans for the new building have been in place for almost three years.
Wednesday, Immaculate Conception schools gave the new food pantry a warm welcome.
“In the Catholic church if we open wonderful ministries and buildings where we serve people we like to bless it,” said Immaculate Conception pastor, Father Anthony Citio.
The Immaculate Conception students gathered in prayer with their food donations in hand.
“We tied in how St. Luke tells us how we are to help others and to minister to this that are hungry to this that are sick and it was perfect timing for the opening of our food pantry,” said Citio.
Walking in to the brand new building for the very first time — it’s a big change from the old one.
“It’s a lot bigger, there’s a bigger lobby just able to have more food in it,” said fifth grade student Max King.
Food like peanut butter, canned vegetables and meat, boxed meals, and even cleaning supplies and toiletries.
“I didn’t think there would be this much, it’s a lot,” said fifth grade student Gabbie Myers. “Yeah I thought most kids would just bring in one but some people brought in like 11.”
For others…the overwhelming support is no surprise.
“I was because I know how generous our children are and I know how the families were excited to be a part of this,” said Citio.
“It makes me feel really good because I’m giving to others it’s helping the world,” said King. “Everyone that’s homeless can come in and eat it.”
A sanctuary for supper, supplies, and security.
“People who are hurting feel like there’s a place they can come and not be judged just welcomed and accepted and encouraged,” said Citio.
The pantry’s grand opening will be Tuesday — but they’re still collecting donations right now.
It will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 7 to 8 p.m. and by appointment.