“The cupboards are bare, absolutely bare,” said Karen Reenders, director of The People Center in Spring Lake. “We’re spending $1,200 a month to keep food on the shelves."
That money comes from donations made during the center's year-end campaign and from a United Way disbursement.
“We need this food drive to supplement us so we can make it through the next year-end campaign," Reenders said.
Letter carriers from the Grand Haven and Spring Lake post offices will be picking up food donations along their routes on Saturday as part of the National Letter Carriers' “Stamp Out Hunger” program.
Ken Baumgarner, a local organizer of the food drive who works at the post office in Grand Haven, said the carriers will distribute postcards with information about the food drive on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will deliver bags that residents can put food into for Saturday's pick-up.
Both Reenders and Jeanette Laarman, operations director for Love INC, said they were excited about the use of the bags.
“Two years, one big section of the community got the bags and that’s when we got the most food,” Reenders said.
Food pantry donations drop off drastically soon after Christmas, Laarman said. At this time of year, agencies start to worry about children who will no longer get free lunches once school is out.
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