‘Need is great’ at local food pantries

Nancy O'Neill has been a Love INC volunteer since 2003 and she has seen her share of area residents in need of food. But the Grand Haven resident said she's never seen that need reach the level that she has witnessed in the past two years. "The need is great in these difficult times,' she said. Love INC and other area food pantries - The Salvation Army in Grand Haven and The People Center in Spring Lake - are finding their shelves devoid of food stock, especially protein foods.
Len Painter
Aug 27, 2011

“I feel dismayed to see so many empty shelves.” O’Neill said.

Love INC’s central food pantry at 1106 Fulton St. in Grand Haven is in need of canned tuna fish, beef stew, beans, chunky soups, canned peas, canned potatoes and canned tomatoes.

“We need food with high protein,” O’Neill said. “I’ve never seen it when we didn’t have a can of beans on the shelf.”

The number of people in need of food assistance has risen dramatically, according to O’Neill. “Last year, we served almost 3,600 families, or 300 a month,” she said.

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