The Center receives its annual funding principally from Oakland County parishes, special fund raising events, FEMA, Oakland County St. Vincent de Paul conferences as well as individual donors.
$55,544 was spent to operate the Matchan Nutrition Center (MNC) last year and serve over 28,800 meals. Wages for the kitchen manager and two helpers are our greatest expense at 41%. It takes some paid personnel to do the work that one can’t expect a volunteer to perform.
Rent is next at 27%. Surprisingly, food is only 8% of our costs. Bread and sweets donated by Costco, Panera, Ellen’s Bakery and Whole Foods are either served or given away. The same is true about produce from Farm Boy, Costco and Gordon Food Service. Gordon and recently Walmart donate meat. 15 tons of free food from Gleaners was also used or given away during the year. Some food is also purchased from Gleaners Food Bank.
In the past, the support from the St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (SVdP) surpassed any other source of income and they are still most generous. Conferences are small groups of men and women in Catholic Church Parishes that service those in need locally. This year we received a large donation from a foundation which skewed the pie graph. We may not be able to count on this every year, but we sure are grateful this year for their generosity. Friends are people who have heard of the work we do but are not affiliated with SVdP. FEMA (government) funds amount to 11% and are solicited by Pat Adamcik at SVdP Detroit. Funds from Parishes usually come from outreach programs or Christian Service groups. LOC is the Ladies of Charity, a Catholic group of women, who conduct a drive for MNC at Easter and Thanksgiving.
Donations Are Tax Deductible
Your assistance is greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged for tax purposes. The Matchan Nutrition Center is operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Oakland County District, a 501c organization and your contribution is fully tax deductible.