Harvest Food and Supply Drive donations essential

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Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan encourages donations of grocery/supermarket gift cards to support Safe Home needs during the Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Pictured (from left) are Haley Schneider, Housing and Advocacy Program Director, and Penny Hills, Safe Home Coordinator.

The Harvest Food and Supply Drive is a meaningful way for community members to support individuals from Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego seeking refuge at the Safe Home when their home is not a safe place to live.

The Safe Home is staffed and operated 24/7 by Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. It is a secure, supportive and caring place for domestic abuse survivors and their family members to stay while they regain control of their lives.

Last year, the Safe Home met the daily needs of families utilizing this vital service and provided more than 4,800 meals at no cost. Food and supply needs are crucial and ongoing, according to Haley Schneider, the agency’s Housing and Advocacy Program Director.

“We encourage community members and groups who want to support families at the Safe Home, to donate grocery and supermarket gift cards or make a financial contribution. We have found that this kind of support enables staff to purchase exactly what is needed, as the need arises,” Schneider said.

Nonperishable donations will also be accepted; the Safe Home needs list is available on Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s website.

Harvest Food and Supply Drive donations are accepted at the agency’s main office located at 423 Porter Street and Gold Mine Resale Shops in Petoskey. Financial contributions may be made online or mailed.

For more information, or to arrange for a pick-up of items, please call (231) 347-0082.