COVID-19 Hunger Heroes Part 7: Thanks to the Marquette County COVID-19 Response Fund, a family gets the food they need

When Mary Ann was laid off in mid-March, her first thought was her 7-year-old daughter Madison: “How will we be able to provide for everything she needs?” she recalled thinking. “With bills to pay, feeding our family and pets – I had a slight panic attack,” she shared. Continue reading

Katie poses with the food she received at the Mobile Pantry

COVID-19 Hunger Heroes Part 4: United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties brings 44 Mobile Pantries to neighbors in need during pandemic

On a sunny day in early June, cars lined the road leading up to Saranac High School’s football field. The cars’ drivers waited patiently for the Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry to begin. They watched as volunteers unloaded thousands of pounds of fresh produce and other food from one of the food bank’s trucks and prepared it for distribution. Continue reading

A volunteer's shirt says "because healthy and sustainable communities are built, not found."

COVID-19 Hunger Heroes Part 3: Fremont Area Community Foundation helps the food bank fight hunger year-round, increases support during the pandemic

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