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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You likely pass by someone struggling to afford food daily without even knowing. That's because one in 12 Kent County residents visited a food pantry at least once last year, according to Access of West Michigan.

WZZM is once again asking for your help to help out.

Monday, we're kicking off our annual Food for Familiesfood drive right outside our studios. The Spartan truck is back and the goal is to fill it with non-perishable food items and non-food items like shampoo and toothpaste.

This week, we're bringing you inside the State of Hunger in West Michigan. We'll show efforts to solve the problem and show new programs to give people access to fresher food.

Monday, we'll tell you if things have changed for the better or worse compared to last year and introduce you to a woman living border line low-income, but her dietery needs force her to use a food pantry.

"I need the more expensive gluten-free, dairy-free items that would cost me a lot to get out of pocket," said Asher Thayer of Grand Rapids.

Thayer is one of 50,000 Kent County residents who visited a food pantry at least once last year.

Click here to learn more about WZZM 13's Food For Families food drive.