Two grants to help food bank serve Osceola County neighbors as cost of living rises

volunteer fills boxes with food

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich., June 8, 2022 — A $21,000 grant from the General Mills Foundation Hometown Grantmaking Program and a $12,000 grant from the Osceola County Community Foundation will help Feeding America West Michigan provide Mobile Food Pantries to neighbors facing hunger in the county this year.

In Osceola County, 1 in 7 neighbors is food insecure, including more than 1,000 children. As costs of living rise, the number of food-insecure neighbors may increase. Some of the food bank’s partner food pantries and meal programs have reported seeing even more first-time visitors to their programs than in the pandemic’s early days.

“Support from the Osceola County Community Foundation and General Mills is incredibly helpful to our organization as we aim to meet the need for food across West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,” said Ken Estelle, the food bank’s president and CEO. “Right now, Mobile Pantries are especially helpful to neighbors in need because they provide fresh produce, which can be expensive in stores. These gifts means a lot!”

About Feeding America West Michigan

Serving local families in need since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan reclaims millions of meals’ worth of safe, surplus food from various sources. With the help of countless volunteers, the food bank sorts, stores and distributes this food through a network of more than 800 partners to fill hundreds of thousands of neighbors’ plates instead of landfills. The food bank’s service area consists of 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties from the Indiana border north through the Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit or call 616-784-3250.