Feeding America West Michigan partners with Woodland Mall to bring Mobile Pantries to unemployed service industry workers

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COMSTOCK PARK, MI – March 27, 2020 – Feeding America West Michigan is partnering with Woodland Mall to bring Mobile Pantries to service industry workers who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Location: Woodland Mall – 3195 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
(Northwest parking lot between Tricho Salon and Von Maur)
First date: Wednesday, April 1
Ongoing dates: Every other Wednesday
Time: 4 p.m.

These Mobile Pantries are intended to serve mall employees who are unable to work at this time. However, anyone in need can attend to receive fresh produce and other food.

The food distributions will follow a drive-thru model to limit the amount of volunteer-recipient interaction. Volunteers will load food into the attendees’ cars with gloved hands to ensure there is no physical contact and that six feet of space between individuals is achieved.

Attendees should place empty boxes, plastic tubs or laundry baskets in their trunks to hold approximately 50 pounds of food.

“We are grateful to have organizations like Feeding America [West Michigan] that can quickly mobilize to feed our community members,” said Woodland Mall’s Marketing Director Cecily McCabe. “Woodland Mall is pleased to assist in giving back to service workers who are in need during this unprecedented time.”

These Mobile Pantries are additions to the food bank’s existing schedule, following the announcement of two more sites intended to serve unemployed service industry workers, which began distributing food last week.

About Feeding America West Michigan
Serving local families in need since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan reclaims safe surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. That food is distributed through a network of more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties from the Indiana border through the Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit FeedWM.org or call 616-784-3250.