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Our Food Programs continue to see a steep increase in families looking for help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the outbreak began in mid-March, the TrueNorth Food Pantry client base has doubled in daily use and has seen a 7 percent increase in monthly food volume.

Meanwhile, the Feeding America West Michigan food trucks’ use at TrueNorth has increased from an average of 110 households to a record-high 283 households on May 13.

Debra and Bob, a Fremont couple in their 60s, are among the families we serve. The Food Pantry’s curbside pick-up and the now twice-a-month food trucks were needed more by the couple after Bob got laid off from his laser repair tech job.

“We had a much greater need because I can hardly go to the store, even wearing hospital gloves and a mask at all times,” said Debra, who suffers from an autoimmune disease. “It’s been a great thing for us because I pull up where they need me to, and they put the boxes right in the back of my vehicle.”

While the couple has volunteered and donated to our Children’s Christmas Programs, Barb has found it difficult to be on the receiving end.

“I was always a helper, so it was hard for me,” she said. “But it’s been the biggest blessing.”

The TrueNorth Food Pantry is accessible Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The food truck’s next visit at TrueNorth is May 27 at 10 a.m. 

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