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Mel Trotter Ministries Fall Food Drive Is Underway

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Mel Trotter Ministries has kicked off its annual Fall Food Drive.  Officials are hoping it tops last year’s drive which netted more than 50-thousand pounds of food.  They’re goal is to feed over a thousand West Michigan Families.  Their food pantry feeds an average of 120 families per week that are in crisis.

“No one wants to have to tell their family we can’t put food on the table this week, we have to get gas in the car so I can get to work.  So this is a great opportunity for people to use us a resource and we can show compassion to them during their time of need.”

And the need is great… that from Mel Trotter Communications Director,  Abbey Sladick.  She says their annual food drive got started last week and they’re hoping the community will help out once again

“Our fall food drive really supplements the Mel Trotter pantry throughout the entire year. And so we really depend on the community to rally around our neighbors in need who are struggling this holiday season, but also into the New Year and into the spring.”

Sladick says their goal is to reach 50-thousand pounds of food this fall which they surpassed last year and she says they hope to exceed the goal once again.  She says it’s crucial that the community participate in helping those who have an emergency need.

“The food pantry serves our working poor, so many who come it really is an emergency

Mel Trotter is collecting  non-perishable items, like cereal, stuffing mix, pancake mix rice,  pasta and the like, Sladick says they prefer low sodium versions that are healthier.

Items can be droped off at local Bigby coffee shops, Chemical Banks and Mel Trotter Thrift stores along with a few other businesses.

You can find more information at Meltrotter.org.

The Fall Food Drives runs until December 2nd.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.