Port Huron, MI 343

Port Huron, MI Lodge News

2022 ENF Beacon Grant

Port Huron Elks Lodge 343 presented the $3,500.00 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to Blue Water Community Food Depot serving St. Clair County, MI. which is a Division of Gleaners Community Food Bank Inc. of Southeastern MI.  Prior to the check presentation Janine Dionne provided a tour of the facility and explained how many local establishments donate to this needed program.  As an example, when purchasing goods from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, for every $1.00 spent, FBEM will provide about $14.00 worth of food products to the BWCFD.  Another example is, our local Kroger stores donate meats, bread, fresh fruit and canned goods to assist this program.  The Food Depot receives assistance from the special needs students attending the RESA - Woodlands Schools, as the students learn basic skills with sorting, store room shelf organizing and facility cleaning.  BWCFD also receives assistance from many local businesses, one donating a new large Stainless-Steel cooler, another donating (2) large stand-up freezers, another donating plastic milk cartons for storage. Presenting the “Big Check” to Joan Francis (left) and Janine Dionne (right), is PER Paul Torres.  The Blue Water Community Food Depot is a Volunteer run organization.  The Food Depot is open Monday, Wednesday & Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm.  Those in need should call (810) 987-7886, and when they arrive will fill out a one-page questionnaire and the volunteers will assist with providing food to those in need.   For the years 2021-2022 Lodge 343 presented our ENF 2021-2022 Gratitude Grant $2,000.00 funds to the Mid-City Nutrition Program who serves St. Clair County, the ENF 2021-2022 Freedom Grant $2,500.00 funds were utilize to provide our local Department of Veterans Affairs with Winter apparel and other cold weather gear for homeless Veterans.  Through the support and generosity of the membership and committees of Port Huron Elks Lodge 343 towards the Elks National Foundation the three awarded grants totaled $8,000.00 providing financial support those in need.