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Greater Ottawa County United Way Launches Summer Stock Up Food Drive for Local Pantries

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Greater Ottawa County United Way Launches Summer Stock Up Food Drive for Local Pantries


Greater Ottawa County United Way Launches Summer Stock Up Food Drive for Local Pantries

With Kellogg’s as a primary driver, United Ways across Michigan are participating in a first-ever statewide event to collect food in their areas, for their areas throughout June.

Every year, food pantries across Ottawa County are fully stocked in the winter months thanks to generous holiday donations—but when summer comes, donations drop considerably and pantry shelves become sparse. This can leave low-income, hard-working families with limited options during this time of year.

Greater Ottawa County United Way asks local businesses and community members to participate in our “Summer Stock Up” event to restock local food pantries with items to get them through the warmer months.

Join United Way in bringing some cheer to local pantries this June!

Drop-off locations and dates/times:

Greater Ottawa County United Way Lobby

115 Clover St.

Holland, MI, 49423

Tuesday–Thursday, 10AM–4PM

Please no perishable items.

OR “shop your impact” online:
https://app.mobilecause.com/e/-kv67A?vid=ih5qz

We are making it safer and easier than ever—we’ll do the shopping for you! Just pick how much you want to spend, and we’ll make sure each pantry gets exactly what they need.

You can also text to give by texting OttawaUW to 41444.

How Summer Stock Up was born

The statewide Summer Stock Up event evolved out of the popular “Christmas in June” local food drive that was done annually by United Way of Southwest Michigan. In 2020, because of the pandemic, UWSM pivoted from an in-person food drop-off event to a virtual event that provided safe shopping options that allowed donors to “shop their impact” by giving online.

The success of “Christmas in June” caught the attention of Kellogg’s, and the corporation stepped in to help reconceptualize it as a statewide “Summer Stock Up.” As the premiere sponsor, Kellogg’s has been a leader in rallying 23 United Ways in Michigan to the cause.

Addressing food insecurity is critical

38 percent of Michigan households work but struggle to make ends meet.

Those households—whose incomes are above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost of living—are referred to as ALICE, which stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”

Over the last decade, behind the veneer of a strong economy, conditions have actually worsened for thousands of families across Michigan—setting the stage for the dual health and economic crises of the COVID-19 pandemic. Why?

● The cost of living has been increasing for ALICE households.

● The economy is increasingly dominated by jobs with low wages and less security.

● The number of ALICE households in Michigan increased in response to the Great Recession and never fully recovered.

Much of United Way’s impact work is designed to help ALICE. Michigan United Ways report annually on ALICE data and analysis.


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