Manistique, Mich. — July 31, 2018 — Headquartered in Manistique, mBank has pledged to underwrite three Mobile Food Pantry distributions which includes one each in Ishpeming, Manistique, and Sault Ste. Marie this summer. The $9,500+ contribution from mBank is being made to Feeding America West Michigan, which provides food to 160 local hunger-relief organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Feeding America by again funding three distributions in our local markets this summer and supporting the incredible job they do helping to facilitate access to food across the Upper Peninsula, said Kelly W. George, mBank’s President and CEO. Giving back to our local communities with contributions of time and financial support is a core part of our culture here at mBank, and this program is unquestionably worthwhile in the fight against hunger that some residents in our communities cope with daily.”
As a company, mBank makes financial contributions in the areas of education, literacy, human services, animal welfare and healthcare. Food insecurity, as Feeding America West Michigan’s Sean Little points out, certainly fits the human services description, but it affects the wellbeing of a community much more broadly. “When families struggle with the effects of hunger, it can be felt throughout the community,” Little said. “Without partners like mBank who are willing to step up to the plate, we wouldn’t be able to continue putting food into neighborhoods in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula who desperately need it. We’re so grateful that mBank has chosen to support our Mobile Pantries once again.”
Each Mobile Pantry provides a variety of fresh produce, dairy products and baked goods and is open to anyone who finds themselves in need in the community. Mobile Pantries in Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie contain 20,000 pounds of food, enough to provide several days’ worth of groceries to 400 households.
Ishpeming’s Mobile Pantry is scheduled for August 2 and will take place at the Ishpeming VFW.
Manistique’s distribution is scheduled for August 29 at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.
Sault Ste. Marie's distribution is scheduled for September 20 at Big Bear.
About Feeding America West Michigan. Serving local families in need since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan reclaims safe surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. That food is distributed through a network of more than 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 counties from the Indiana border through the Upper Peninsula. Each year, an estimated 492,100 people receive food from Feeding America West Michigan. For more information, visit FeedWM.org.
About mBank. Headquartered in Manistique, Michigan. Proudly serves Michigan and Northern Wisconsin with 29 branch locations. With assets in excess of $1.3 billion, the community bank empowers individuals and small to medium sized businesses with smart financing and depository solutions for peace of mind. For more information, visit: bankmbank.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.