Leland Community Church strives to provide tangible opportunities to be God’s hands and feet in Leelanau County, our state, country, and world. God has given each of us special talents, passions, and resources to help others. Many in our congregation are involved in a variety of community activities that help others. Members strive to serve and show God’s love beyond our church doors. If you’re interested in using your skills and passion to help those within the larger Leland community, contact us and start serving today!
5Loaves2FishNMI is a community outreach ministry of Leland Community United Methodist Church seeking to feed the mind, body, and spirit.
Where does the food go?
We prepare 80-90 meals a week. On Mondays, we serve dinners to a predominantly homeless population in Traverse City at 5 pm from our base at DHS Park and in the winter months at Safe Harbor Shelter. On Fridays, meals go to individual families in Leelanau County.
- Mondays 5pm at Veterans Park, 11th St. and Elmwood Ave. Traverse City, Mi
- Mondays 6pm at Safe Harbor, 517 Wellington St. Traverse City, MI
- Fridays 5pm meal and grocery pick up and delivery from Leland Community Methodist Church, 106 4th St. Leland, MI
How do you find people in need of meals?
We are informed of individual families in need by Leelanau school teachers. We also coordinate our food outreach with the Northwest Food Coalition of Traverse City.
Here's How You Can Help
1. Make home-made food
Cold dishes, hot dishes, soups, stews, bread, desserts. Any amount will work (minimum 6 servings). Make what you like to cook and what you like to eat! Save some for yourself, donate the rest.
2. Donate groceries
Canned, packaged, fresh, or frozen foods are welcome.
3. Make a monetary donation
Cash donations help us fill in the gaps to ensure complete meals are offered. Make checks payable to Leland Community United Methodist Church, memo “5Loaves 2Fish”.
Follow this link for a very convenient way to donate.
4. Make a Love Card
We include words of encouragement and love with every meal we deliver.
Food drop-off Times and Location:
Contact Michelle White at
(231) 866-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leland Community United Methodist Church, 106 N Fourth Street, Leland, MI 49654.
Additional delivery arrangements upon request.
5Loaves2Fish is thankful and grateful for those individuals and businesses who have supported our mission through food, time, and monetary donations. Through these donations, we can show God’s love and compassion and be the church.
Deuteronomy 15:11: “For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.”
5Loaves2FishNMI is an outreach group that promotes social justice by providing nourishing meals, infused with love, to those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. We feed people.
Ryan Hannon, Outreach Co-Ordinator for Goodwill Inn - Northern Michigan talks about homelessness in Traverse City and how it can be ended.
Click the link below to watch Brian’s talk about this very important and critical topic. There is much to be done to cronic and life shattering issue. See how you can help by becoming an advocate for the solution.
Traverse City Human Rights Commission presented the 2021 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award to Bill & Michelle White and Ryan Hannon.
Our own Michelle and Bill White have been awarded the 2021 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. The organization which they started through LCUMC, 5Loaves-2Fish provide weekly meals to many primarily homeless people in Traverse City. They also provide weekly meals to many home-bound people within Leelanau County. They are sharing the award with Ryan Hannon for his work finding housing for Traverse City’s homeless population. View the report from UpNorth Live Here.
Organizations with year-round opportunities
- Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) | www.leelanauchristianneighbors.org
- Weekly Food Pantry
- Weekly Baby Pantry
- Samaritans Closet Resale Shop
- Blessings in a Backpack
- Neighbor Assistance Program
- Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse – a homeless shelter in Traverse City | www.gtsafeharbor.org
- Central Methodist Community Outreach Thursday Lunch Program | https://www.tccentralumc.org/outreach/
Local Organizations with Seasonal Opportunities
Northport Indian Mission United Methodist Church — On the third Saturday of May each year, Leland Community Church teams with members of the Northport Indian United Methodist Church, and Central Methodist Church to help with the spring clean-up of the Northport Indian United Methodist Church, campground, and cemetery. https://northportindianumc.org
Student Assistance Programs at Leland Public Schools | www.lelandschool.com
- Bridge (tutoring and mentoring) Program
- Mentoring Program
- Aids (non-classroom)
- Teacher’s assistants