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Ypsilanti Food Pantry Steps Up To Meet Increased Need From Residents

Feb 17, 2016

SOS Food Coordinator Marti Lachapell with a volunteer.
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The need for food assistance is increasing in Washtenaw County and a local food pantry is stepping up.



At the SOS Resource Center in Ypsilanti, Coordinator Marti Lachapell is walking through their free grocery pantry for local residents. 

She says,

“On an average week, on Tuesdays we’ll serve anywhere from 100-120 households. And, on Wednesday, 70-80 households.”

SOS has increased the number of times those in need can visit the full food pantry- dairy and other perishables included- from six to twelve times per year. The produce section can be visited as often as needed. Lachapell says the expansion means that SOS will rely on more donations from the community.

“Specifically for food we’re looking for things like canned meals, high protein items, cereal. Things that you’d want to eat every morning or lunchtime," explains Lachapell.

She says other donations, like personal care items, are also in high demand at SOS. Find more info on the food pantry here.

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— Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu