Girls donate every day bread loaves to West Michigan meals pantry
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Me. – Two women from West Michigan are doing everything they can to help their communities fight hunger by partnering with Apple Spice Lunch Box and Delivery at the Byron Center.
Bonnie and Jenny volunteer their time and more in hopes of making a difference.
“It’s not too much work. But I just love helping others, ”said Jenny Durfee of Apple Spice Lunch Box and Delivery Company. “Anything I can do and save waste is very helpful.”
The word “helpful” would be an understatement for what Jenny Durfee does to help her neighbors.
“It’s a lot of bread,” she said. “It is.”
After talking to Nancy Jacobs, the owner of Apple Spice Box Lunch Delivery and Catering at the Byron Center, Jenny decided to use the leftover bread on a daily basis to feed people in need.
“At the end of the day there was a little too much bread left,” said Jenny.
By a little, Jenny means between 50 and 300 loaves of bread.
Instead of throwing it away, she believed it could be of great value elsewhere. “I was familiar with Streams of Hope,” said Jenny. “So I asked them if they would like it to be given to the less fortunate, and they accepted. And that was only twice a week. The rest of the time I just bring it home and put it in my front yard. “
“So she set up what we called Jenny’s bread and lemonade stand,” said Nancy Jacobs. “And she sets up a table, displays the bread and just gives it away for free. And then her neighbors were so grateful. Some of them have taken it and given it to their older parents, different people they know who are in need and who cannot go out to get something to eat. “
Bonnie Wiers also does her part by helping with apple spice deliveries and working in the Streams of Hope pantry.
“I picked up the sandwiches on Tuesday and Thursday mornings so that we could distribute them. And one day I asked Nancy, do you ever need help? Because I wasn’t busy enough, ”said Bonnie.
Bonnie says Apple Spice Bread is a real game changer.
“It’s a blessing. It is wonderful. And we need more people willing to share their gifts and talents and all they have to help people who are really in great need, ”said Bonnie.
Apple Spice started with exactly this idea.
“You know, when we started out, I always wanted this business to be a blessing not just for us, but also for our team members and the community,” said Nancy. “And so it’s a good feeling to know that food isn’t thrown away. I just always have the feeling that God gives us so much and He doesn’t want us to be wasteful. So if I can do something with it, that’s it feels really good instead of just throwing it away. “
If you are interested in supporting the mission, contact them at 616-805-3288.
They are also located at 701 68th St. SW, Unit 410, in the Byron Center.