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Catalyst Radio: Food need at its highest in West Michigan

Feeding American West Michigan Food Bank distributed the most groceries in its 33 year history in 2013, with this year’s demands even higher.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Feeding America West Michigan distributed more than 25 million pounds of groceries and supplies in 2013.

Feeding America West Michigan distributed more than 25 million pounds of groceries and supplies in 2013. /Feeding America West Michigan

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Feeding America West Michigan Food bank distributed more food in 2013 than it has any previous year in its 3 decades of service.

Ken Estelle, CEO of the local food bank, is in studio to talk about some of the issues leading to the increased needs, and the efforts to prepare for a 2014 with growing demand for food distribution.



Music in this episode of Catalyst Radio comes from West Michigan band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, from the new disc Translate. It’s the song “La Marea.”

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