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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peshtigo congregation members, pictured from left: First row: Sandy Lindquist, Kathy Schenk and Matt Piechota and second row: Hannah Piechota, Bev Kain and Charlotte Eklund, prepare school kits and hygiene kits which are then sent to Lutheran World Relief in October as part of a yearly collection of supplies as well as Thrivent grants. The church prepared 64 hygiene kits and 52 school kits. Julie Washburn and Niki Piechota also participated, but are not pictured.

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Food distribution services offered in Septemeber

The Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Emergency Food Assistance Program (quarterly distribution) has been scheduled for September.

The program is for residents, 18 years of age and older, who qualify with household income of one person for $2,147 a month; two people, $2,903 a month; three people, $3,660 a month, etc. People who are unsure if they qualify may call the senior center.

Residents do not have to preregister but must self-declare their income at the time of receiving commodities. Escanaba participants are encourage to call the senior center to obtain a card in advance. This will help the line move more quickly. All food items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites will be curbside pick up, so people picking up food should remain in their vehicle.

For more information, contact your local Senior Center, or Community Action at 906-786-7080, or visit www.mdscaa.org.

Æ Escanaba (906-786-8850): Sept. 24, U.P. State Fairgrounds Miracle of Life Building, 9 a.m. to noon. New participants are asked to call 906-786-8850 for a TEFAP card at Escanaba Senior Center, 225 N. 21st St., by Sept. 23.

Æ Gladstone (906-428-2201): Sept. 24, at the Gladstone Senior Center, 303 N. 8th St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Æ Rock-Perkins (906-356-6420): Sept. 23, Rock Senior Center, 3892 W Maple Ridge 37th Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Æ Rapid River (906-474-9039): Sept. 22, Rapid River Omni Center, 10574 N. Main St., 10 a.m. to noon.

Æ Garden (906-341-5085): Sept. 22, at the Garden Community Center, 2 to 3 p.m.

Æ Menominee (906-863-2158): Sept. 24, Menominee Senior Center, 905 10th St., 8 to 11 a.m.

Æ Mid-County (906-753-6986): Sept. 22, Mid-County Senior Center, 292 S. U.S. 41, Daggett, 9 a.m. to noon. (new times)

Æ Hermansville (906-498-7736): Sept. 24, Hermansville Senior/Community Center, W5480 1st St., 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 2 p.m.

Æ Manistique (906-341-5085): Sept. 23, at the Manistique VFW Hall, 344 N. Maple St., 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Æ Germfask (906-586-9697): Sept. 23, at the Germfask Township Hall, 8093 Pine St., 9 a.m. to noon.

MMACF awards summer grants

MENOMINEE—The M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF) recently awarded grants during their Summer Grant Cycle.

Funding was provided by the following endowments held at the MMACF:

Women’s Giving Circle Restricted Endowment Fund

Æ Bark River-Harris Schools will use their award to establish a “Literary Ladies” book club. The grant funding will be used to purchase books for three specific book clubs: upper elementary, junior high and high school. Each club will meet 4 to 6 times throughout the coming school year to discuss the books.

Æ Funding awarded to Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Center will be used to purchase personal hygiene items for women and girls.

Æ St. Joseph Conference Marinette of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was awarded a grant to provide basic needs to female-led households.

Youth Field of Interest Fund

Æ The City of Menominee Housing Commission will use grant dollars towards the purchase of playground upgrades at their North Hills complex.

Æ First-time grant recipient JW Ranch will host youth groups at the ranch in order to bring equine encounters to those who would normally not have the opportunity. Group participants will experience how to care for horses and donkeys, and will have an opportunity to ride the animals.

Æ Two grants were awarded to the Menominee County Intermediate School District. The first grant will be used to purchase books for children enrolled in the Marinette and Menominee Counties Imagination Library Program. The second award will purchase vape detectors to be placed in area schools.

Æ Funding awarded to the Peshtigo High School girls’ soccer team will purchase uniforms, soccer balls, cones and nets, and will provide transportation costs to games and referee fees.

Æ Peter Piper Kiddie Nurseries Daycare will use their grant dollars to purchase sensory walls, which will help develop children’s fine motor skills and will encourage them to think more logically.

Æ The grant awarded to the River Cities Community Pool Association will be used to purchase equipment needed for swim lessons such as kickboards, dive toys, noodles, flippers and floating backpacks. The grant will also support their Kids Triathlon, which promotes physical activities and healthy habits.

Æ St. Joseph Conference Marinette of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was awarded a grant for their Back 2 School Program, which provides backpacks filled with basic needs items for area children.

Community members interested in partnering with the MMACF to provide grants to nonprofits throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties may contact the MMACF at 906-864-3599.