Michigan Association of Health Plans

Linden Pay It Forward receives $2,500 grant to stock food pantry for community

Linden Pay It Forward received a $2,500 grant from the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) to help stock their fresh and frozen food pantry out of the Argentine Township Police Department, which is used to help local families in need.

This funding is being made available as part of MAHP’s Tackling Health Care Disparities in Michigan grant program, which encourages community-based organizations to collaborate and deploy local initiatives aimed at creating better health outcomes and improving health equity.

Linden Pay It Forward is a group of volunteers who strive to serve their community from volunteering time, donating supplies like meals and groceries, and providing financial assistance. The group hosts events such as fundraisers and soup dinners for the community.

“The idea behind pay it forward is to do something kind for someone without expecting anything in return,” said Denise Marks, president of Linden Pay It Forward. “We want to make a difference in our community, anyway we can.”

“Linden Pay It Forward provides so many resources to the more than 4,000 residents of Linden,” said Dominick Pallone, executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans. “We’re honored to help fund a group who selflessly wants to help others in need.”

“Born and raised in Linden, I have seen the difference Linden Pay It Forward has made in our community,” said Michigan State Representative Mike Mueller (R-Linden). “I admire the mission of Linden Pay It Forward and I am so happy to connect them with MAHP to get them the funding they greatly deserve.”

Those who want to learn more or support Linden Pay It Forward can visit https://payitforwardlinden.wordpress.com

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