Stranz family donates $10,000 toward pantry addition

'We really understand the area and the need'

Good progress is being made on the Bread of Life Food Pantry addition. (Star photo/Shanna Avery)

Good progress is being made on the Bread of Life Food Pantry addition. (Star photo/Shanna Avery)

BALDWIN — As the Bread of Life Food Pantry is moving forward with the addition to the pantry, a large donation to help offset costs of the project is what director Lynne Mills attributes to "the grace of God."

Recently, the Terry and Kristina Stranz family donated $10,000 to the building fund for the project, which began weeks ago. The construction crew is currently working on the interior of the pantry addition.

"The Stranz family stepped up and donated $10,000 so we didn't have to use all our money. Terry felt God calling him to make that donation," Mills said. "It really means a lot to me when people tell me they hear the word of God and they follow through, like the Stranz family, who acted on what God told them to do."

The Stranz family, who live in the Grand Rapids area, Grandville, are members of St .Sebastian Catholic Church, but Terry has been long-connected to the Lake County area. His mother's side of the family is from Luther, and his parents had a place in Baldwin for a lot of the years, and he and his wife have a place on L Lakes.

"We really understand the area and the need, and are just really happy to be able to help," Terry said.

A neighbor of Terry and Kristina at L Lakes is close friends with Carl and Cathy Merchant, members of St. Ann Catholic Church who are very involved with the pantry. It was through this neighbor, Terry learned of the project.

"My neighbor mentioned the pantry was adding the addition, and how involved Carl was. I was looking for a place to donate to within the Diocese (Diocese of Grand Rapids), so I was able to reach out to Carl and meet with him and learned more about the addition,” Stranz said. “This is a great place to help the needs, and being up in the Baldwin area since I was young, I already knew the pantry was a great organization and much needed."

Stranz explained how he was raised in Baldwin on the weekends, and now he is keeping that same tradition with his family now he is older.

The pantry addition will be able to provide more room and space to store food so the pantry can keep more on stock at one time, and will have rest rooms for the workers, as there had been none.

"What I witness every week shows God is in control, like Feeding America asking if we needed three pounds of burger, and then the donation from the Stranz family," Mills added. "The Lord blesses us in such a big way — I see that as God working through this to accomplish His will. He knows what we need. I am not orchestrating anything, only organizing what He sends our way."