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The Blessings Project

Have you ever heard the story of “Stone Soup?” 

It’s the story of a community coming alongside one

another to create a meal that not only feeds a wandering

stranger but also nourishes the entire community.

Individually, no one has all of the necessary ingredients.

However, little by little, the characters each discover

they all have something to contribute to the soup for

the good of the whole.


At times, neighbors in our local communities do not have enough resources to secure a basic meal or simple household items such as toilet paper or laundry detergent.  Even with various assistance programs available on the state and local levels, there are often limits and restrictions as to what goods may be acquired and how often, regardless of actual need.  Additionally, there may be shame, embarrassment, pride, and a host of other emotions associated with need that impede or inhibit a neighbor from seeking help. 


Much like “Stone Soup,” The Blessings Project is an opportunity for neighbors to each share what they can to benefit and “bless” the greater community through a free, community-based pantry of non-perishable food items and other sundries, such as household cleaning products and personal care items.  The Blessings Project pantry will be accessible 24/7, and neighbors in need will be able to come to the pantry on their own time and schedule to take whatever is necessary.  No questions asked.  No additional requirements.


We all have something we can share, whether it be goods, time, talent, money, etc.  If everyone helps a little, we have the potential to do much good to benefit the whole, particularly for those in our local communities who are the most vulnerable and in need.  Like the community members in the story of “Stone Soup,” we hope you will come alongside us in providing the “ingredients” to make “soup” for our local communities through The Blessings Project. 

The Blessings Project is part of the Little Free Pantry Movement.

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Location of The Blessings Project

The Blessings Projects is located on the property of Mission United Lutheran Church at 

16463 Pelkie Rd., Pelkie, MI 49958

just off M-38 and north of the Pelkie Cemetery.

Suggested Pantry Items

Food Items:

  • Soups – canned and/or dried

  • Pastas – spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, couscous, etc.

  • Cereal – hot and cold

  • Snack Crackers

  • Dried Fruit

  • Granola and other Snack Bars

  • Coffee/Tea Bags/Hot Chocolate Packs/Powdered Drink Mix to add to water

  • Vegetables – green beans, corn, baked beans, etc.

  • Fruit – applesauce, peaches, mixed fruit, etc.

  • Sauces and gravies

  • Instant Potatoes

  • Powdered Milk

  • Rice

  • Dried Beans

  • Quinoa

  • Canned meats – Spam, tuna, chicken

  • Jell-O and Pudding

  • Cake or Brownie Mixes

Personal Care Items:

  • Diapers and wipes

  • Chapstick

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • Deodorant

  • Individual bars of soap

  • Shampoo/Conditioner

  • Feminine Products

  • Socks

Household Supplies:

  • Toilet Paper

  • Tissues

  • Paper Towel

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Dish Soap

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Blankets

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  • Please consider donating items that are non-perishable and seasonal.  Items with liquids will freeze during winter months, and items subject to spoilage from heat are not conducive to summer months. 

  • Please consider donating items in metal, plastic, or cardboard packaging.  Items in glass containers are subject to breakage. 

  • Items for donation may be dropped off at Mission United Lutheran Church Monday through Friday during office hours of 8 AM to 4:00 PM.

Community Partners

The Blessings project is a community effort.  

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