UPPER PENINSULA — Feeding America West Michigan will distribute over 150,000 meals throughout the U.P. this month. That’s over twice as much from February last year.
Feeding America West Michigan CEO Ken Estelle said that there has been an unmet need in the Upper Peninsula for years. He added that in order to change that, it would take a new approach. In the past, partner agencies would have to drive to one of the warehouses located in Ishpeming or Sault Ste. Marie.
“We decided that it would be a lot more efficient for us to truck food directly to the Upper Peninsula,” said Feeding America West Michigan Communications Specialist Andrew Steiner, “to bring it right to those communities where the need is and to set up direct deliveries with a lot of agency partners.”
Steiner added that Feeding America West Michigan is appreciative of the community support they received, and that they are always looking for more volunteers.
Upcoming Mobile Pantries (Note: Mobile Pantry dates, times, and locations are weather dependent.)
- February 11:
Hannahville Community Center, Hannahville, 11 a.m.
1705 Ash Street, Ishpeming, 10 a.m.
- February 12:
Cooks Congregational Church, Garden, 10 a.m.
- February 17:
Webster Elementary School, Escanaba, 2 p.m.
- February 18:
Abundant Life Mission Center, Menominee, 10 a.m.
- Febraury 25:
Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds, Manistique, 11 a.m.
- February 26:
Norway Community Food Pantry, Norway, 5 p.m.