Time to hit the links for a good cause



The Bridge Food Center is hosting its first fundraising golf outing on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Currie Golf course in Midland. Monies from the golf outing will be used for the Food Center’s costs to remain open including rent, utilities, maintenance, and special projects.

The event at Currie Municipal Golf Course will kick off with registration at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Hole sponsorship, which includes a foursome, can be purchased for $500, a golf foursome is $375, and an individual is $100. Individual golfers can register separately and request to be on a specific team or ask to be placed on a team. Interested golfers can do all this online or print the form and mail to the Food Center.

If any individual or business would like to be a sponsor, the top three levels are $5,000 for Hole-in-One, $2,500 for an Eagle; $1,000 for a Birdie – each of these levels includes a foursome and appropriate signage and recognition at the event. Additional sponsorship levels include: $500 for dinner; $250 for breakfast and lunch; $250 for beverage cart; and $100 for hole signage. Individuals and businesses can register online or use the print form to sign up for advertising opportunities.

All this information and more is available on the Bridge Food Centers’ website https://www.thebridgemidland.com/.

The Bridge Food Center is designed for households that make $61,000 or less per year and need help putting food on the table. It’s a low-cost grocery store with many extras which help “Bridge the Gap” for its customers. The Bridge is open to anyone from anywhere.

Through June 30, the Bridge has 5,074 households registered which is a total of 13,874 individuals: 4,185 are children under 18; adults count for 8,152 and the Bridge serves 1,537 seniors over 65 years.

The good news is that currently lots of fresh produce is being donated to the Bridge, which is passed directly to its customers.

The other good news is that the Bridge’s truck, which runs back and forth to Detroit to pick up food supplies recently broke down, but Midland supporters helped the Center purchase a used 26-foot truck, so they’re able to keep shelves filled with food.

The Bridge Food Center has stayed open through COVID-19 and the area flooding by taking extra precautions. The number of customers is limited, everyone is required to wear a mask, and there is lots of extra cleaning and sanitizing taking place according to staff members.

The Bridge Food Center is located at 1539 Washington St., and hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The store accepts cash, or credit and debit cards.

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