Food giveaway a necessity for many

Their plates were full of gravy - but for many who attended Friday night's turkey dinner at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church, their lives are not. More than 200 families attended Friday night's free feast, part of the monthly Feeding America mobile food pantry program that the church hosts every first Friday of the month.
Marie Havenga
Nov 7, 2011


Some were there because they lost their jobs, their homes or their health. Others because some of the necessary things in life — like groceries — aren’t free.

Nina Phillips, 61, comes down from Muskegon every month to socialize with others in need.

“I eat better down here,” said Phillips, after dining on turkey, stuffing, corn and a roll. “I have Parkinson’s and this helps me out a lot. And I like the people”

After dinner, Phillips lined up for free shampoo, toothpaste and personal products. After that, she headed outside to the food truck for chips, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, yogurt, bread and soda.

“This will last me almost two weeks,” Phillips said of her portion of the 10,000 pounds of food available Friday. “I freeze some of it.”

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