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2018-09-12 / Local News

TAS to Host Mobile Food Pantry Next Wednesday

Wednesday, September 19, Feeding America West Michigan will distribute thousands of pounds of food to people in need at the Tahquamenon Area Schools cafeteria. The distribution will take place at 4:30 p.m. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m.

The Mobile Pantry will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and baked goods. The food is intended for anyone in need in Newberry and the surrounding area. Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food. They are encouraged to bring their own bags, boxes or clothesbaskets.

Food insecurity affects one in eight people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. In 2015 Feeding America West Michigan’s Mobile Pantry program provided 10.7 million pounds of food to people in the region. That’s the equivalent of nearly nine million meals.

For more information about Feeding America West Michigan and its Mobile Pantry program, call programs manager Ryan Van- Maldegen at (616) 389-6360.

The Tahquamenon Area Schools cafeteria is located at 700 Newberry Avenue. Call 293-3226.

Tahquamenon Area Schools received a grant to provide Feed America to people in the Newberry area for the next four months in 2018.

Serving local families in need since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan reclaims safe surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. It distributes that food through a network of more than 1,100 food pantries, youth programs and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 counties from the Indiana border through the Upper Peninsula.

Each year an estimated 492,100 people receive food from Feeding America West Michigan. For more information visit FeedWM.org.

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