Making a Difference in Detroit Series: Detroit Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church and Twelfth Street Food Pantry.
Twelfth Street Missionary
1840 Midland St,
Detroit, MI 48238
Twelfth Street Food Pantry
1840 Midland Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48238
Ph. (313) 868-2659 – Fx. (313) 868-1803
Detroit communities have been under intense financial strain for many years. Thankfully there are organizations and charities that have reached out to assist these communities. One such resource has been Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church. The Church leaders of Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church have made a commitment to their congregation, and to the surrounding community, with its Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is a charitable, non-profit that has been in operation since 2002. It was started after the church recognized the harsh financial decline and decay of the neighborhood. They saw an urgent need and so they established the Food Pantry non-profit in order to provide a service and resource for those hungry and struggling to make ends meet in their immediate area. “Feeding the hungry of the community since 2002” is there online slogan.
Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church efforts to open the “Twelfth Street Food Storehouse” has made a difference. Every other Friday, usually no more than twice in a calendar month, the Food Pantry distributes fresh food to members of the community. The food comes at no charge and it is a nutritional resource that has touched many lives on Detroit’s West side. The following is from their official website:
“Today, that food program has evolved into the Twelfth Street Food Pantry, a 501 (c) (3) outreach organization of the Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church, whose mission remains the same (as when it originated) : To help those in the neighboring community fight hunger. The Twelfth Street Food Pantry acquires its food from two local food bank sources:
1. Purchased and donated bulk food from
2. Donated bulk food from Forgotten Harvest.
A staff of 20–25 volunteers unloads truck deliveries of bulk food, repackage the food into bags, and distribute the bags on alternate Fridays of each month. A clerical staff of 4 volunteers records the bulk food deliveries and quantities, the number of bags distributed, and maintains the client database.
There is no charge to clients for the food that is distributed, nor is there a paid staff; all are volunteers.” – read more
Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church is currently led by the enthusiastic, inspirational, Reverend Dr. Floyd A. Davis. The following information can be found on the church’s official website.
“THE REVEREND DR. FLOYD A. DAVIS has been serving as pastor of the Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church since February 1, 2004. Prior to that he served as the pastor of the St. Francis Missionary Baptist Church for 10 years. His educational background includes an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from the Tennessee School of Religion, a Master in Theology from the Tennessee School of Religion, a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University, a Bachelor in Technology from the University of Dayton, and 35 hours of Seminary Training toward the Master of Arts with a major in Biblical Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. Recently he was selected as a fellow in the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Pastor Davis recently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit Michigan.” – read more
In order to make a donation or to participate in this community resource program please use the contact informational links provided in this article. Proof of residency and proper identification is needed in order to join the list of those who are on the receiving end of the donated food items. Please click on the hyperlinks/highlighted words for and additional information. Watch featured video presentation to view photographs of the Church, pantry and surrounding neighborhood.