“I know what it’s like to not have a place to live, and not have any food, it’s helped me understand what people are going through.”
Before Waverly became the co-coordinator at the Northwest Food Pantry in Grand Rapids, she was homeless and experienced hunger like many of the neighbors who visit the food pantry.
Waverly is from Michigan, but moved with her abusive husband to another state. She escaped and eventually saved up enough money to return to Michigan and moved in with a friend, but she soon embarked on another roller coaster of misfortunes — a lost job, another lost husband and nowhere to stay.
She was eventually able to move in with friends who volunteered at the NW Food Pantry, and she soon began volunteering there, too, while she sought another job.
Soon after, the pantry’s coordinator asked if Waverly would like to help run the pantry. She said yes.
Today, Waverly works three jobs and has been giving back to her community at the NW Food Pantry for 13 years.
In January, the pantry's co-coordinator is retiring, so Waverly will soon run it all on her own!