Financial and/or personal hardship is something no one should have to go through alone.

Below is a list of resources to help you during this hard season.




If you haven’t looked at a budget in a while, now’s the time to do so. Every Dollar is a great free app to use to get a budget together.

  • Get clarity from your income sources as to what the reality will look like over the coming weeks.

  • Cut spending to bare necessities. If you can’t pay all of your bills, Dave Ramsey recommends you spend your money on these four items first and in this order:

    • Food 

    • Utilities 

    • Shelter 

    • Transportation

Defer Payments

  • If you’re still not able to cover all of your expenses, identify payments that can be deferred:

    • Call creditors to explain your situation. You can ask for temporary relief on your monthly payments. If you offer to still send some money, even if it’s a smaller amount than your typical payment, they might be more willing to work with you.

    • If you have federal student loans, you can forbear (interest accrues) or defer (interest doesn’t accrue on subsidized federal loans) your loan payments.

    • For student loans, use this questionnaire to understand what options are available to you.

  • If you’re paying extra on debt(s) right now and have less than one to two months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund, it might not be a bad idea to temporarily stop extra payments and then restart them once things settle down.

  • Enroll for health insurance, if you can.

  • Use this week to get a game plan together and gather information, as there may be more changes coming.

Unemployment Insurance




Barry County Cares is a faith-based community non-profit that seeks the cooperation of local churches, individuals and businesses to help people in need in Barry County.


United Way of Barry County can assist you with many critical needs, or connect you to a well-suited community partner. Please visit their office or call for assistance.


Family Promise of Barry County delivers life-saving services; prevention, shelter and stabilization to families in need.




Food Pantries

-Green Street United Methodist Church

-Hastings Faith United Methodist Church

-Delton United Methodist Church

-Dowling Country Chapel

-Thornapple Valley Church

-Orangeville Baptist Church

-Orangeville Community outreach

-Mannas Market 

-Lakewood Community council

*Call Barry County Cares to access any of these pantries


Fresh Food Initiatives

Tuesday Distribution:

Maple Valley Community Center of Hope, Nashville

Every week 9:30-10:30am (517) 852- 0664


Wednesday distribution:

First United Methodist Church, Hastings

Barry County United Way 10am-11am 269 945-4010


Soups on St. Francis Church, shelbyville

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 7-9am (269) 664-4345


Freeport United Methodist Church, Freeport

3rd wednesday at 10am (616) 765-5316


Thursday Distribution:

Middleville Local #1002 

3rd Thursday at 4pm (269) 795-9581


Thornapple Valley Church Delton

3rd Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm (716) 601-9597


Saturday Distribution:

Kilpatrick United Brethern Church, Woodland 

3rd Saturday at 9am (269) 964-3663

McCallum Church, Delton

1st Saturday at 9am (269) 623-8226

Soup Kitchen/Dinner:



Community Meal, (269) 945-9574

Green Street United Methodist Church, Hastings

Every Tuesday from 5-6pm


Gun Lake Community Church (269) 795-7903

Every Tuesday from 5-6:30pm 




FREE professional counseling at Thornapple Valley Church every Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only.

Text "Care" to 77948 to learn more about counseling.


Barry County Mental Health

Pine Rest