BENTON HARBOR — It is estimated that an additional 14,000 people in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties are experiencing hunger today compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Before the pandemic, 13.5 percent of residents in the three counties our southwest branch serves faced hunger. Now, we estimate that around 18.6 percent of the population is struggling with hunger,” said Molly Kooi, communications manager for Feeding America West Michigan.

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