On July 6, more than 200 people waited in the summer heat for their opportunity to receive free food delivered by a Feeding America West Michigan Truck to a parking lot on Mercy Health Hackley Campus. Some people had been waiting patiently since 6:30 a.m. to reserve their spot in line.
This mobile food pantry was sponsored by Bob Boyd and Mary Boyd (Executive Vice President of Regional Operations for Mercy Health). The Boyds — along with a group of volunteers from Mercy Health, the Health Project, and Muskegon County Cooperating Churches — unloaded and distributed nearly 10,000 pounds of food. Each family was able to take home approximately 50 pounds of food.
Unlike a storefront food pantry that often has little or no capacity to store perishable foods, a mobile food pantry delivers fresh food to appreciative residents. Volunteers handed out everything from fresh butternut squash, watermelon, tomatoes and potatoes to Pop Tarts, chicken and milk. Because there was some food left over, the families who remained were invited to go through the line again.
In addition to the mobile food pantry, area residents were given free dogfood and other pet products from a van sponsored by Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center. This was the first time this local organization joined a food pantry event on the Hackley Campus. Volunteers signed up close to 21 individuals/families to have their pets spayed and neutered.
Mercy Health makes a vital difference in our community, and this mobile food pantry event is one more example of how we strive to meet the needs of the whole person. Many thanks go to all of volunteers who helped to make this event possible.