The pantry coordinator who needed food

On a snowy April morning, Cindy stood in line outside a church in Coopersville. She was waiting for the Mobile Food Pantry to start so she could collect her groceries for the week.

Cindy hadn’t always stood in line. A few years ago, she worked for the pantry run by Coopersville Cares, stocking its shelves with food from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Then a difficult surgery left her unable to work and cuts to her husband’s hours reduced her income even more. She quickly found herself in need of the assistance that, for so many years, she had helped provide.

In spite of her circumstances, Cindy isn’t downtrodden. “I’m an inventive cook,” she said with a grin. The fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy at Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile food pantry give her a lot to work with. As a former food pantry coordinator, Cindy also appreciates the lack of waste in the system. Any groceries left over from the food truck fill the shelves of Coopersville Cares’ pantry.

“Everybody could use a little handout,” Cindy said. Then she thought for a moment. “It’s not a handout. It’s a hand up.” Thank you for helping West Michigan neighbors like Cindy. With your support, Feeding America West Michigan will be there to help for as long as she needs.