GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Low income families in the area are benefiting from a Spectrum Health-funded program called Nutritional Options for Wellness, or NOW.
At nine Access sites across the region, free food is available to those with special nutritional needs based on their disease. Diabetes is a very common situation.
It's the health challenge facing Mary Chunney, who we met recently at Southeast Community Ministries. She estimates she receives about $150 dollars a week worth of food from the pantry there.
"I don't have to look at a lot of the ingredients on it, with them having it here I know that it's healthy for me to eat," Chunney told WZZM 13.
Chunney used to weigh 200 pounds. "Then I started doing the NOW program, exercising and trying to get diabetes more in control. I feel a lot better. If it weren't for this program I don't know I would make it through the month for groceries."