It’s beginning to look a lot like … Christmas in June!

United Way of Southwest Michigan’s annual “Christmas in June” food drive for local pantries kicks off.

Every year, food pantries across Southwest Michigan are fully stocked in the winter months thanks to generous holiday donations—but when summer comes, donations drop dramatically and pantry shelves become sparse. This can leave low-income, hard-working families with limited options during this time of year. So, for the third year in a row, United Way of Southwest Michigan asks local businesses and community members to participate in our “Christmas in June” event to stock local food pantries with items to get them through the warmer months. 

Last June, 51 organizations collected more than 20,000 items for 33 food pantries in Berrien & Cass counties.

“Christmas in June” is part of a worldwide United Way “Day of Action” effort, held in June, during which tens of thousands of people across the globe volunteer with local United Ways to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

Join us in bringing some cheer to our local pantries again this June!

The main drop sites for participating companies on June 12 only are:

  • First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph

  • Berrien Co. Youth Fairgrounds Youth Memorial Building, 9122 US HWY 31, Berrien Springs

For community members looking to get involved, drop off items anytime before June 12 at:

United Federal Credit Union -

  • 2819 S. State St., St. Joseph

  • 724 East Napier Ave., Benton Harbor

  • 5611 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville

  • 9097 US 31, Berrien Springs

  • 123 Sycamore St., Niles

  • 2100 S. 11th St., Niles

  • 808 E. Front St., Buchanan

Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union -

  • 507 E. Main St., Niles

  • 1050 E. State St., Cassopolis

  • 68925 M-62, Suite A, Edwardsburg

Local pantries receiving donations from “Christmas in June”:

  • Benton Harbor Street Ministry, Benton Harbor

  • Catholic Community Center, Benton Harbor

  • Emergency Shelter Services, Benton Harbor

  • Fairplain Presbyterian Church, Benton Harbor

  • First Church of God Food Co-op, Benton Harbor

  • First Presbyterian Church, Benton Harbor

  • The Avenue/Harbor House Day Services, Benton Harbor

  • Seventh Day Adventist, Benton Harbor

  • SMCAA, Benton Harbor

  • St. Augustine of Canterbury, Benton Harbor

  • The Salvation Army, Benton Harbor

  • Neighbor to Neighbor, Berrien Springs

  • United Methodist Church, Berrien Springs

  • Woodland Shores Baptist Church, Bridgman

  • Faith Victory Church, Buchanan

  • Red Bud Ministry, Buchanan

  • Helping Hands of Cass County, Cassopolis

  • Coloma United Methodist Church, Coloma

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Dowagiac

  • Action Ministries, Dowagiac

  • First Christian Church, Dowagiac

  • Our Lady of the Lake, Edwardsburg

  • Marcellus United Methodist Church, Marcellus

  • Christian Service Center, Niles

  • First Presbyterian Church, Niles

  • Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Niles

  • Salvation Army, Niles

  • First Apostolic Church, Sawyer

  • Blue Roof Church, St. Joseph

  • Road to Hope, St. Joseph

  • Seventh Day Adventist, St. Joseph

  • Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry, Three Oaks

  • Watervliet Free Methodist Church, Watervliet

  • The Avenue/Cora Lamping Center, Benton Harbor