West Michigan’s Inontime Donates Truck to Community Action House

Holland, MI – Community Action House (CAH) is pleased to announce it has received a large truck from Zeeland-based logistics firm Inontime. The truck will provide much needed logistical support for the non-profit organization which provides more than 300,000 meals annually to local families in need, supported by a resale and thrift store. A truck capable of moving large quantities is essential to the function of the organization.

At CAH, 3 vehicles form the backbone for tens of thousands of pounds of donated food and in-kind donations each month – a Ford 15-passenger van, a Ford E-350 box truck, and a much older International large truck. The vehicle donated by Inontime will replace CAH's first truck, a beloved but aging International 4000 which the nonprofit estimates has hauled more than 2 million pounds of donated items on about 2000 trips.

The official transfer of title set the price of the vehicle at $1. CAH’s Resource and Resale Manager, Josh Hauch attended the meeting: “They shook my hand, and said 'you look like you could use a dollar', and handed me a dollar. I then paid them for the truck with that dollar. These are really great, down to earth people that are in love with serving their community,” said Josh.

Inontime continues to care for the community, supporting a variety of community causes chosen by its employees. Jon Lanning, Inontime’s president, was recently recognized as a Michigan business leader by the U.S. Small Business Association for the company’s contributions to community.

Help Us Fill This Truck: Summer Food Drive

Your Support is Needed Right Now. Help Us Fill This Truck With Food!

Summer is a critical time in Holland for our neighbors who are most at risk! We need your help to fill this truck with food for the next 8 weeks to ensure that every person coming through the doors will receive food and resources to live free of emergency, crisis, and poverty.

You can make an immediate difference! Help us fill this new (to us) truck generously donated by our friends at Inontime (they're awesome, read all about their gift here). We're calling on you to fill the truck with food our community needs – your contributions will stock the shelves for walk-in client-choice food pantry visits and monthly food distributions. It’s a literal truck load!

Get the Word Out!

The example email below is one suggestion on how to let your community know. Feel free to use it, change it, or better yet, use your own words! Set a place to collect the donated items, and bring them to our General Store location on Friday July 27th & Saturday July 28th. We'll be there from 10am til 6pm on Friday and 10am til 4pm on Saturday, rain or shine. 

Make Your Mark and Sign the Truck!

While you're there, we invite you to make your mark and sign the interior of the truck - because this is a community resource that serves all of us, and belongs to all of us. This is the first of many amazing acts of goodwill that this truck will be part of in providing hunger relief – powered by you – and your name and the name of who you represent belong here as champions of our community! 

Collect These Items:

  • Canned Tuna – 800
  • Peanut Butter – 400
  • Jam – 300
  • Canned Chicken – 400
  • Breakfast Cereal – 300
  • Whole Grain Crackers – 300
  • Salsa – 300
  • Canned Fruit - 1000

Every single item makes an immediate difference in the lives of those we are committed to serve!

Sample email message to share: (fill in the sections in Bold)

Dear friends [family, colleagues],

Community Action House is calling on us to help provide hunger relief to our community – and they’re asking us to help fill their new truck with food for the next two months. They’re witnessing an increase in the number of families in need of help at their food pantry and monthly food distributions and have one big goal – that everyone who needs help gets what they need to avert crisis and emergency.

You can help bring hope to families that are struggling, including families with kids at home for the summer, migrant families here for the work season, and to the elderly living on fixed incomes. We’ll be collecting items until Friday July 27/Saturday July 28 and bringing everything to their truck. Here are the items they need:

Canned Tuna – 800
Peanut Butter – 400
Jam – 300
Canned Chicken – 400
Breakfast Cereal – 300
Whole Grain Crackers – 300
Salsa – 300
Canned Fruit - 1000

Finally – come with us to donate! CAH is inviting us to sign the inside of the new truck to mark its inaugural food drive! This truck will be delivering hundreds of thousands of meals every year, and we’ll be part of the first literal truckload of food it brings to our community.

Please bring your food donations to [location] by [deadline] – we’ll be dropping off  and signing the truck on [Friday/Saturday] at [time] together!

Community Kitchen Returns to Western Theological Seminary

[UPDATE] The Community Kitchen will continue to serve lunches at First United Methodist Church of Holland until Friday, June 29th. Please check back for up-to-date location and hours after that date.

After more than a year away, the Community Kitchen (CK) will be moving back to its original home on the campus of Western Theological Seminary (WTS). Free nutritious hot meals will once again be served at 101 East 13th Street in renovated kitchen and dining facilities that are now fully equipped for modern food service.

Since June 2017, the Community Kitchen has been hosted by First United Methodist Church in Holland. FUMC’s location near Downtown Holland and WTS has made it an ideal partner to continue meal service during construction at Western Theological Seminary. Of note are FUMC volunteer greeters who welcome patrons by name as they arrive and leave, a sign of their care and dedication to the community.

Coinciding with the move, the Community Kitchen will be updating its lunch hours to 11am – 12:30pm Monday through Friday. Also returning are breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, served 9am-10:30am, which had not been available for the past year due to the change in location.

Since its founding in 1991, more than 800,000 meals have been served to the community through contributions by volunteers from many local churches, space provided by WTS, and coordinated by Community Action House. The lunches and breakfasts served reflect an ongoing need in for a safe space in our community for camaraderie, hunger relief, and service. About 150-250 meals are served each day, which include a hot entrée, vegetables, salad, bread, juice, milk, and coffee.

The public is invited to attend an open house to view the new facilities and learn more about the Community Kitchen on June 28th, 4:30-6:30pm. The open house will focus on expressing gratitude to the food donors, volunteers, churches, and partners that have made this space and meals possible. All are welcome.

#100daysofgratitude day 14: Global Concepts Enterprise

Day 14: Today, we're grateful to the people who make up Global Concepts Enterprise. They're a global company with a heartfelt local footprint right here in Holland, Michigan. For years, they've supported a multitude of different causes at home, including donating turkeys for families at Thanksgiving, food drives, and even joining us on the green for our Annual Golf Classic! Their support is appreciated - and the interactions we've had with them are stellar!