From now until September 10, a portion of all apple pie sales at Grand Traverse Pie Company (GTPC) in Rochester Hills will benefit the Neighborhood House Food Pantry. This is part of GTPC’s “Hunger Free Summer.” While the end of the school year means beach days and no homework to many kids, it also signals a time of year when families struggle to replace meals that were provided at school. The Neighborhood House Food Pantry provided over 236,000 pounds of food in 2016 to hungry families in the Greater Rochester and Auburn Hills areas. This is the third consecutive year that GTPC will be using proceeds from apple pie sales (slice, mini pies, and whole pies) to support food pantries. Thousands of meals were provided in 2015 and 2016 through this initiative. Co- Founder Mike Busley states, “Our children are our future and have every right to be fed nutritiously each day and we are delighted to help our new neighbors in Rochester Hills. Helping to strengthen the lives of children is such a great example of the ‘Power of PIE’ and our core values.”
This announcement comes on the heels of another their May fundraiser, when GTPC donated 50% of dinner and pie sales to Neighborhood House. The goal was to bring 150 people to share dinner together, and the result was over 225 attendees. The outpouring of support was an example of the many families that support Neighborhood House through volunteer hours, donations, food and clothing drives, and more. The check presented to Neighborhood House was over $1,300 – a record-breaking amount surpassing other restaurant fundraisers that the organization has held. “It is wonderful to have compassionate businesses like Grand Traverse Pie Company in Rochester Hills. Our ability to serve those in need is dependent on our community support. It ‘takes a village’ to help these families,” Reilly-Finch said.
The Neighborhood House Food Pantry is supported by many local churches and businesses, as well as Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Panera, Einstein Bagels, Nino Salvaggio, Fresh Thyme, Walmart, Busch’s, and Meijer. Neighborhood House also hosts food drives in the community and raises funds to purchase other essential food items. Beaumont Health dietetic interns monitor the food that is given out to those in need, ensuring that every individual and family leaves with a nutritious two week supply, following MyPlate recommendations. These soon-to-be dietitians also provide cooking demonstrations, offering recipes for clients using ingredients that can be found at the Food Pantry.
In addition to apple pie sales at GTPC, you can support the Neighborhood House Food Pantry in three ways:
- There is a “wish list” on the Neighborhood House website if you would like to donate food.
- You can also volunteer to help sort food at the food pantry by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lastly, you can donate funds to support Neighborhood House. Donations can be made at www.RANH.org or via check made payable to Rochester Area Neighborhood House, mailed to 1720 S Livernois in Rochester Hills.
About Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House is a nonprofit serving Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township. They provide rent and utility financial assistance, operate a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, offer transportation services, provide counseling, facilitate many educational programs for families in need, and more. Last year, Neighborhood House’s programs helped over 3,000 households on their path from financial crisis to self-sustainability.