When I spoke with Josh Bytwerk, executive director of Love in Action in Grand Haven, one of the first things I asked him was how much COVID-19 has impacted the need in the Tri-Cities community. Bytwerk said, “In 2020, Love in Action served over twice the number of food services and clients than 2019. This trend continues as each month the number of clients accessing Love in Action pantries are 100 to 150 percent more than in previous years.”
In addition to higher numbers of people experiencing food insecurity, they’re seeing more people than ever who need help finding or retaining housing. He explains that the three most commonly accessed services Love in Action provides are health care, food and shelter. Love in Action clinics also provide no-cost health and dental care for the unemployed, underinsured or uninsured.