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Gun Lake Casino’s Short-Term Closure Provides Food Assistance during Coronavirus Pandemic

Gun Lake Casino (GLC) recently announced a voluntary short-term closure through March 30, 2020. This closure resulted in an excess of fresh ingredients in Gun Lake Casino’s coolers. The large supply of food was donated to local organizations in West Michigan to combat hunger as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

GLC team members came together on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to package, load and transport over 2.75 tons of food to support and assist those impacted by the recent Coronavirus outbreak. Gun Lake Casino’s food supply was split between Dégagé Ministries, Feeding America West Michigan, and Hand2Hand.

“Gun Lake Casino has always been committed to fighting issues surrounding hunger in our local communities,” said Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer for Gun Lake Casino. “We recognize this is a worrisome time for all, especially for the families who may be unable to afford food. In this great time of need, Gun Lake Casino is proud to donate and lessen the effects of this worldwide crisis.”

Since in 201l, Gun Lake Casino has been an avid supporter of Dégagé Ministries. Dégagé Ministries provides nutritious meals to hundreds of vulnerable individuals in the Grand Rapids area on a daily basis. Gun Lake Casino delivered and filled Dégagé’s storage spaces to capacity with fresh foods and fully prepared meals.

In response to the school closures and food insecurity of children in our local communities, Gun Lake Casino has partnered with Hand2Hand. Gallons of milk, yogurt, and a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits were loaded and will be given to hungry children. Hand2Hand serves over 7,500 students in eight counties in West Michigan.

Feeding America West Michigan was provided with cases of dairy products, eggs, fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits. This organization plans to distribute the donated food to local food assistance organizations in multiple counties within West Michigan.

Gun Lake Casino is committed to improving the quality of life in the community in which it serves. To learn more about Gun Lake Casino’s commitment to the community during the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit gunlakecasino.com/glc-updates.

About Gun Lake Casino

Gun Lake Casino is located off Exit 61 on U.S. 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The casino features over 2,200 slot machines, 47 table games, a 14-table poker room, a 225-seat café, and a 300-seat buffet, along with bars, lounges, and live entertainment.

Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi. For more information, visit www.gunlakecasino.com.