MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – The Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry of West Michigan was back in Marquette distributing food Wednesday afternoon.
Cars lined up early for the drive-thru style food distribution event, which aims to help supplement the need for assistance.
With SNAP benefits changing at the end of February, there is an increased demand throughout the region, and that creates more stress on the amount of supplies available.
Steve Pelto, with the local Episcopal Diocese, which is also a financial supporter of Feeding America, volunteers for each event.
“We had one recently where we went through all the food in an hour, and so everyone that came after that first hour, there just wasn’t anything left,” said Pelto. “And we didn’t do anything different, we just had more people come that day.”
There is no registration for people who come to receive the food, but that also means that there is no guarantee that their supply will meet the demands at that location.
“There is no way for us to know exactly how many will come in and so we say, ‘This many per household,’ and then if it runs out, it runs out, and which is a terrible shame, but our goal is to get food in the hands of the people who need it,” said Pelto.
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