A few days after Anna volunteered at her first Mobile Food Pantry, hosted by the Luther Lions Club, she found herself appointed the club’s president.
Newaygo County’s rurality means many residents face unique challenges, even without a global pandemic. Many people in this region work in the tourism, manufacturing and agricultural industries, which have suffered greatly due to COVID-19. Typically, 1 in 7 Newaygo neighbors faces hunger, but now, 1 in 5 is projected to face hunger this year, according to the Feeding America National Organization. Continue reading
The pandemic has created the perfect storm for Feeding America West Michigan – higher demand, reduced food donations and plenty of changes to our operating model. We’ve had to spend much more on purchasing food so that we can help organizations like Community Action House serve neighbors. Continue reading
Located along the shore of Lake Superior, the Bay Mills Indian Community is home for around 2,000 Chippewa County residents, and home to Bay Mills Community College – which, in 1981, became Michigan’s first accredited Tribal College located on a … Continue reading
At the food bank, numerous ceiling-high shelves are filled with an ever-cycling rotation of canned goods, juice boxes and other non-perishable food. In the back, spanning roughly half the length of our 55,000 sq. foot warehouse, stand both a walk-in … Continue reading
Service industry workers were among the hardest-hit by temporary unemployment. Thankfully, Heart of West Michigan United Way sponsored seven Mobile Pantries in Kent County, meant to support service industry workers who had lost their jobs. Continue reading