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Food pantry sees nearly triple the numbers during pandemic

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Posted at 6:04 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 06:04:37-04

WYOMING, Mich. — The Family Network of Wyoming is seeing double, even triple, the number of people in need of food during this pandemic.

The pantry holds a golf outing every year to raise money to stock their shelves. While they have all their tee times for Friday, there is still a way you can help support their cause.

The organization provides many services for those in need, the primary need being food. The pandemic has them seeing numbers the pantry hasn't seen in years.

"Normally, we would see about 1,000 people a month," explained Karrie Brown, executive director of development. "In April, we had about 2,700, so almost three times as many. That was when the unemployment system wasn't really working. That caught up, and we sort of leveled back off at about 1,200 people a month for June and July. When that extra unemployment ran out, we started to see the numbers come back up. And so, we've been seeing about 40 to 50 households visit per day."

The Wyoming Food Pantry is on 44th Street. Donate here.