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Grand Rapids food pantry closes after funding cuts

11:58 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A food pantry serving hundreds of Grand Rapids area senior citizens is closed indefinitely. A customer of the ACSET pantry on Fuller Avenue called the WZZM 13 Information Center late Friday asking us to investigate.

We found the closure is caused by government sequestration in Washington. That's when lawmakers were unable to reach a budget deal in March and automatic funding cuts took effect. Officials with ACSET say they lost about $500,000 in funding.

The pantry serves about 500 low income seniors every month.

"The closing of this pantry is going to hurt. There are people that rely on this pantry to supplement what little that they have and that's just a fact," said Jane Kreha, ASCET communications manager. "People will go hungry."

ASCET and similar organizations are planning to meet next week. The hope is they can pool their resources and work together to serve their customers. For now, the Pantry on Fuller Avenue will remain closed.

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