Pantry & Family Resources

One of the greatest ways that People Helping People serves families in the Pullman community is through meeting daily needs. Faithful staff and volunteers work with community members to navigate DHHS resources, apply for utility assistance and receive food or other personal necessities. To this end, we ensure that the families we serve receive the food, hygiene and other necessities they need to thrive.

Program History

54% of families in Lee Township live below the poverty line or are considered part of the ALICE population, meaning that an unexpected expense may mean choosing between filling a prescription or fixing their car. To help families stretch their income, People Helping People invited Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC of Northwest Allegan County) to start a food pantry location on nearby land in 2009. After a longtime partnership between Love INC and People Helping People, PHP assumed operations of the pantry in 2021 with plans for future expansion.

Impact 

  • 325 winter coats distributed to the community
  • 969 families participated in pantry intake appointments in 2021
  • 501 referrals to outside agencies or resources

Provisions and Hours

Our pantry calls on a vast array of resources, including local donations, church food drives, and partnerships with other food organizations such as Hungry for Christ, the Buist Foundation and Feeding America. Pantry guests choose the items that are best for their family and are able to receive fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, shelf stable items, cleaning supplies, diapers, infant formula, hygiene products and much more. Volunteers also deliver items to families in the community when transportation is unavailable.

The PHP Pantry is open Wednesdays and Fridays, and serves upwards of 35 families per day.

Items Needed

Our Pantry relies on the generosity of many partners. To make an in-kind donation, please call us to schedule a drop off time. Our highest need items are:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Paper Towels

Resource Navigation

Ann Hatfield

Pantry & Family Services Director

Following their intake appointment, staff and volunteers connect guests to resources such as filing for unemployment assistance, utility assistance, furniture items or appliances, and emergency firewood. Ann, our Pantry & Family Services Director, is a certified DHHS Navigator and public notary, and can help guests fill out paperwork or apply online for childcare subsidies, food stamps, Medicaid and much more.

Support Us

Your gifts make this work possible. Learn more about volunteering with the pantry or giving funds or in-kind donations. We’re also raising funds for a new Pantry Building. Learn more about this initiative and how you can help at the link below.