Summer hungry

Those tasked with helping the less fortunate say putting food on the table of residents in Northwest Ottawa County is a year-round effort.
Alex Doty
Jul 24, 2012

Hope Reformed Church in Grand Haven Township officials say they are seeing plenty of people come to the church for its food truck deliveries.

“I think that the community is starting to realize that we care about them,” said the Rev. Tim Taylor, the church's pastor.

Between 70 and 80 families come to the church for each of its mobile pantry visits, Taylor said. The mobile pantries visit the local church every other month, Taylor said, noting that Monday’s handout was the fourth time they've hosted it.

“It feels like (the need) is increasing,” Taylor said. “I’ve seen a lot more young families.”

Taylor said the church offers people a safe and comforting place, where they are treated with dignity, to get food.

A 56-year-old Grand Haven woman, who wished not to be identified, said having the food truck delivery was helpful during hard times.

“It does come in handy,” she said. “For a while, Mother Hubbard’s cupboard was bare.”

Food pantry officials say they're also concerned about keeping their cupboards full to keep the aid flowing.

“We’re seeing over 30 families a day, six days a week,” Love INC Tri-Cities CEO Eric Morgan said. “Of this, most are looking for food."

Morgan said people can drop off food donations to Love INC at 1160 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven, or they can contribute financially — an option that Morgan said sometime gives them more leverage when purchasing food stock.

Love INC also hosts a mobile food delivery truck at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church twice each month. Morgan said the truck gives people perishable items not available at the permanent pantry locations.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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