West Michigan, April, 2023
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Families in nine counties across West Michigan will have an opportunity to get free diapers thanks to the launch of a new mobile diaper pantry.
Catholic Charities West Michigan received a grant from the Michigan Diaper Assistance Program, which has allowed them to give out more than 1,100 boxes of diapers to community members since January.
“We’re not giving out like 20 diapers; we’re giving out like 200 diapers at a time. So in that situation, we’re just met with so much excitement, appreciation,” said Stephanie Busch, pregnancy and baby services supervisor for CCWM.
The agency has two physical pantries in Muskegon and Grand Rapids that are stocked with diapers, wipes, formula, clothing and other everyday essentials. Busch, however, said staff realized it can be difficult for some people to travel to the pantries. So in January, they loaded up a van and started going to churches, Head Start centers, and other organizations throughout nine counties. They also coordinate with Feeding America West MI so that people can pick up food and diapers in one trip.
As the costs of everyday essentials rise, Busch said this has been an incredible resource for families in need.
About Catholic Charities West Michigan
For over seven decades, Catholic Charities West Michigan has been feeding the hungry, counseling those who struggle and building strong families. Through a broad spectrum of social service programs focused on the needs of children and families, CCWM serves residents of 11 counties in West Michigan. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, CCWM has more than 235 employees who work from nine locations and last year touched the lives of more than 35,000 individuals. For more information, visit ccwestmi.org.