“To provide dignity and love like Jesus, bringing people together to build stronger, healthier communities.”
Who We Are
Co-Executive Director Operations
Family Network of Wyoming is a faith-based 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to nourishment for a stronger community by providing our food pantry, durable medical equipment, and other services. We are made up of two full time Co-Directors and a hands-on Board of Directors. Our volunteers are passionate and hard-working, which allows us to help those in our community who need it the most in an extraordinary capacity.
Our goal is to foster a caring, kind, and inclusive environment to ensure that those we serve leave feeling dignified and respected.
“The need happened so suddenly and was so great…Family Network burst into existence to relieve the stress of empty cupboards and stomachs.” From 2002-2007, much of the U.S. enjoyed economic prosperity while Michigan’s economy was mired in a one-state recession. In 2007 the rest of the nation joined Michigan in economic misery during the Great Recession. New people were joining the ranks of the unemployed every day. “With all of the insecurity our region was experiencing–we couldn’t fix everything, but we could provide food, so our neighbors could have at least one dependable thing–a monthly source of healthy food for themselves and their families.” Gary Lemke founder. April 1, 2004, our doors opened in a 200+ sq. foot strip-mall shop. We fed 10 families that first month. The first year we served 130,000 lbs. of food to 1,400 households. In 2017, we fed more than 11,000. Since our first year, we have grown and expanded our services to offer food related programs: such as the the NOW program, as well as non-food programs and services: our durable medical equipment loan closet, annual Wyoming Christmas Store, and job skill classes. Nourishing others is what we have done for 15 years: the need continues, as does our story.
Lead Pantry Program
Another area of growth for Family Network of Wyoming is the Lead Pantry Program. Our sponsors needed a professional grade organization to prevent waste and take care of their extra food shares. We answered the call by collaborating with our program sponsors to create a process that would provide consistency and uphold the food quality and distribution standards that our sponsor organizations need. With this work we are able to share our bounty of daily donated food with other local pantries.
Our volunteers are the heart that sustains the body of our entire organization. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to help in the immense scope that we do. We have 40 volunteers that work a total of 1,400 hours per month. Our volunteers provide us a lower operating cost to use our money where it matters most–helping our community.
Shoutout to our friends at GR Give Camp who volunteered their time and skills to help us with our website & branding. THANK YOU!