Every third Wednesday of the month, North Shore Church volunteers and Gleaners Community Food Bank help local families stock their fridges.
On Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, 150 families in need received chicken, apples, potatoes, apple juice, ice cream and more groceries at Anchor Bay Middle School South in Chesterfield Township, according to the church.
But, it's not just local families that North Shore Pastor Chris Steinle helps feed.
Steinle, a dedicated volunteer with nonprofit Poured Out, was in Haiti when Hurricane Sandy hit. He and other Poured Out volunteers regularly visit the country to help provide clean drinking water and other aid.
"We rode the storm out through Haiti and we turned around and came home and responded to our soil right here," Steinle said of the early November trip to the East Coast.
In New York, he worked at Poured Out's distribution sites in Queens and Rockville Centre for several days. There, he and other volunteers spent long hours redistributing non-perishable food, water, clothes, blankets, electric heaters and more.
"It's a mess," said Steinle, who has done disaster relief throughout the country and overseas. "There's people who lost everything through the flood."
Although there were obstacles reaching and responding to Sandy victims, the hardships were worth witnessing the positive outcome on the ground level, he said.
"The thing that is really unique is there is still community after all that."
To get involved with Poured Out, visit its website. You can also learn more about North Shore Church or Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan by visiting their sites.