Building a Stronger Community

“McBride Remodeling is eager to help our most vulnerable youth now more than ever. These children have endured hunger during the COVID-19 lockdown but also extreme isolation, depression, and anxiety. We believe that the future of our communities is our children.” 

—Dave McBride, President, and Founder of McBride Remodeling

One in three children in Petoskey’s middle and high schools struggles with hunger every day.

That’s a shocking statistic we don’t hear much about. If hunger isn’t part of your daily life, it doesn’t feel real — but one-third of Petoskey’s next generation feels its constant effects. The pandemic has only intensified this need, and our youth’s anxiety and fear are higher than ever.

All of us at McBride Remodeling are saddened that so many are struggling, but proud that we can — and will — help. In this month of Thanksgiving, we’re stepping up more than ever, with a commitment to help Hunger Hurts, the Petoskey and Harbor Springs Youth Pantries.

For many students, the free lunch they receive at school is their only meal each day. On the weekends, however, they often go hungry. That’s where the pantries come in. Of course, the food pantries have to do things a little differently these days. Instead of shopping at the pantries, students complete an online order form for the weekend’s food. These supplies are then bagged by volunteers, delivered to the schools, and distributed by school counselors.

This is no small undertaking. Students from Northmen Den and Harbor Hut receive bags with about $16 worth of food. Around 140 of these bags are packed and delivered each weekend. The pantries rely on community donations and volunteers to keep the programs running, and keep our children fed.

Even in this year of upheaval and chaos, we have so many blessings. We’re grateful for our fantastic team of employees, contractors, and partners. Due to the trust homeowners place in us every day, we continue to be strong and successful through these difficult times. We’re proud to be part of such an exceptional community that truly cares for one another. We are indeed #northernmichiganstrong!

Interested in donating to the pantries? We can help! Make your checks payable to Emmanuel Episcopal Church and add on the Memo Line: Youth Pantries. Send to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1020 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770, Attn: Leah.

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