MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Its pantry shelves are nearly empty and a lakeshore agency that many rely on for help, is asking for some help of its own.
"The need is definitely great and the donations are definitely down," says Dean Groendal, Salvation Army food pantry coordinator.
As summer winds down, his pantry is running low. To add to the situation, the average size of a family asking for help has increased to six.
The big stock of donations received in December is almost gone and the agency is running low on funds to buy items to restock these shelves. Groendal hopes this plea will result in donations and help the agency continue to be reliable for its clients during the back half of the year.
"We do not want anybody to go hungry," says Groendal.
In downtown Muskegon Thursday, the need for food assistance was on display; a long line formed in the rain four hours before a scheduled food distribution.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 1053 collected pop cans this summer. to buy 10,000 pounds of food to give to their community.
"We spent three or four hours putting cans in the can machine," said Steven Chartier, a member of the troop. "It was just a good time to get the troop together and do something good for Muskegon County."
The next Feeding America food truck will be distributed on Friday August 30 at 10 a.m. It will be held at the Catholic Charities building located at 1095 Third Street in Muskegon.