Mel Trotter short 45,000 lbs of food for Fall Food Drive

Nearly empty shelves at Mel Trotter Ministries. (Nov. 16, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With the cold weather and holidays approaching, food pantries are making sure they’re stocked up.

However, Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids say they’re short about 45,000 pounds of food for their Fall Food Drive, which is dramatically lower than what they’ve seen in years past.

Organizers don’t know the reason behind the lack of donations but with more families recently coming to the ministry, they’re asking for the community’s help to give back.

“People are choosing between having to keep the lights on, having to keep the heat on, or putting food on their table, so people really need us this holiday season and it’s just up to our community to really help out,” said Mel Trotter Ministries Director of Communications Abbey Sladick.

Mel Trotter is asking for any non-perishable items to be donated, as long as it’s not expired. They also prefer fat-free, low-fat, low-sodium, reduced sugar and multi-grain varieties.

Another way to give back to Mel Trotter is through their Turkey Drop on Wednesday. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. you can drop off a turkey at Celebration Cinema North or Celebration Cinema South.

For more information on the Fall Food Drive or Turkey Drop, click here.