Novi Emergency Food Program
The Novi Emergency Food Program was started by the Novi Ministerial Association in 1981 when the then governor, William Milliken, asked every city to start a food bank because of a financial crisis at the time.
This program has been feeding the hungry ever since using only volunteers, and 100% of all donations go directly to the families from Novi, Wixom and New Hudson that are in need. The food bank is funded by food and monetary donations from local individuals and businesses and not by any government subsidies.
Our contributors include the Novi Post Office food drive in May, the Boy Scouts food drive in November, the Novi schools food drive in January, Karl Tarkanyi's Chiropractic office annual food drive and the ongoing food collection at Faith Community, with the help of other Novi churches and proceeds from the CROP walk. Many other food and monetary donations come in as well throughout the year. These contributions give us most of the food and money to purchase additional needed food items, household supplies and hygiene products that are handed out every other Monday morning at Faith.
Along with the food and financial support for those in need, Faith Community has an annual back-to-school backpack and school supply drive for children of the food bank families. We also collect and distribute Christmas gifts for those families, receive, stock, set up and distribute the proceeds. Faith cooks and welcomes the food bank recipients to the annual Faith Community Thanksgiving potluck dinner.
The Novi Emergency Food Program thanks the mission committee and the entire congregation for their generous and continued support.