Food Pantries StrugglingFebruary 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm by Eva Aguirre Cooper under News
It is getting harder and harder to pay the bills and feed your family. Food pantries are also struggling to keep up with the number of people asking for assistance. They are seeing a record number of people who never required assistance before now needing help.
I was at the food pantry today at SECA in SE Grand Rapid and spoke with Mildred, the food pantry coordinator. She also informed me that some of the people needing food have jobs, but their paycheck just does not go far enough. She was showing me the empty shelves, and I thought how can this be? Many of the local registered food pantries do get food from Second Harvest Gleaners and they are ready to help. They distribute food all over West Michigan.
It’s hard to imagine people in our community going to sleep hungry, not able to feed their kids the nutritious meals they would like or deciding whether to pay the electric bill or buy groceries. There are always food drives going on somewhere. If you can, next time, pick up some canned goods or a box of macaroni from your cupboard and help feed your neighbor.