Who We Are &
What We Do
The Food Pantry began in 2002 as Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church members saw a lack of fresh, nutritious food, and food outlets in the church’s surrounding neighborhood. They also noticed a general decline in the income level. Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church responded by opening up the “Twelfth Street Food Storehouse” to distribute fresh food to members of the community.
Today, that food program has evolved into the Twelfth Street Food Pantry, a 501(c)(3), USDA pantry and outreach organization of the Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church, whose mission remains the same: To help those in the neighboring community fight hunger. The Twelfth Street Food Pantry acquires food from two local food bank sources:
1. Purchased and donated bulk food from Gleaners
2. Donated bulk food from Forgotten Harvest
A staff of 25–30 volunteers unload truck deliveries of bulk food, repackage the food into bags, and distribute the bags on alternate Fridays of each month. A clerical staff of 4 volunteers records the bulk food deliveries and quantities, the number of bags distributed, and maintains the client database.
In emergency cases, the pantry packs food and clothing for delivery to those needing immediate assistance.
The pantry also provides clothing, household items and information on assistance and self improvement resources to our clientele.
In 2014, the pantry began delivering bags of food to the homeless on the streets of Detroit. Also in 2014, the "Bikes for the Homeless" initiative was launched. The pantry collected, repaired, stored and delivered free bikes to agencies working with the homeless.
There is no charge to clients for the food that is distributed or any services provided by the pantry, nor is there a paid staff; all are volunteers.
All donations go 100% toward the pantry operations. It is only through the generosity of our donors and our volunteers that we are able to do what we do. We thank God for the good and caring hearts that keep us going.
To be an enabler helping our community to be a community that is self sustaining, productive and no longer threatened by hunger.