We continue to receive calls regarding when PCC will once again be accepting donations. Our initial goal was around October 1st but that date is not set. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we will not begin to accept donations until our region is in Phase 5 of the State of Michigan's Safe Start Plan. Please understand we realize that many of you (us included) have been cleaning out our homes since spring and have items to donate to families in need. We ask that you please understand the situation and either hang on to those donations or feel free to donate them to another worthy organization. As we've stated since the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients remains our number one priority. We also continue to receive many questions regarding donations and will attempt to answer those questions:
1. Is your food pantry open and are you accepting food donations? Yes, our pantry is open but we are not accepting food donations at this time. PCC is a member pantry of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes network. Our pantry is stocked by KLF. We are operating at limited pantry hours now but will continue to increase pantry hours as needs increase. If you have food donations feel free to donate those items directly to Loaves & Fishes.
2. Are you still giving out free clothing? Our Clothing Bar has been suspended due to the pandemic. Currently our Clothing Bar and all our clothing storage is at capacity. While we are not distributing clothing on a weekly basis at this time, we are still fulfilling emergency clothing needs on a case by case basis.
3. What about my household items and toys? Household items and toys have traditionally gone into our "Free Room". At this time the Free Room is closed and PCC simply does not have the storage for these items.
We greatly appreciate the community support throughout the pandemic. It does not come easy for us not being able to accept your donations. We greatly look forward to being able to resume accepting your donations as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding and for helping us #MakeLifeBetter!