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Foster mom gives back to the downtown food pantry Westminster

by (kooim)

Submitted 07-26-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Dionne Ashley Ford, the food pantry at Westminster Presbyterian Church has made a huge difference for her large and continually growing family. But to say Dionne has a large family would be an understatement: Over the years she has...

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Mobile food pantry helps relieve burden created by food insecurity

by (kooim)

Submitted 07-11-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

For Alicia Belchak's family, the monthly Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry at Sibley Elementary is oftentimes the make or break element of their monthly budget. Since October, Alicia and her husband, Matthew, have been trying to...

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I saw a sign: My journey from food bank client to food bank advocate

by (kooim)

Submitted 05-25-2017 under OPINION

In my son’s first year of life, I didn’t have enough food to feed us. It was just me and I was doing the best that I could. At 20 years old, without a degree and very little experience it was hard to survive on my own. I had really only...

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Letter carriers collect record amount of food during Stamp Out Hunger

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 05-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

On Saturday, May 13, Grand Rapids letter carriers set a new record for the amount of food collected during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The 25th annual food drive brought in close to 200,000 pounds of food, donated by Grand Rapids residents....

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Stamp Out Hunger at mailboxes, online this Saturday

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 05-09-2017 under NONPROFITS

On Saturday, May 13, the Grand Rapids letter carriers will take part in Stamp Out Hunger, a nationwide food drive now in its 25th year. The food they collect will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan and distributed to people in need...

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Michigan mushroom grower donates exotic fungi to food bank

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

Imagine a crop that reduces waste as it grows, can be cultivated year-round, and contains a ton of vital nutrients. You might not realize it, but you're thinking of a mushroom. The best part: They're being grown right here in Michigan....

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Feeding America West Michigan celebrates fourth record year

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 01-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

In 2016, Feeding America West Michigan distributed more food than ever before. The nonprofit hunger relief organization, based in Comstock Park, provided 28.9 million pounds of food and household goods to its network of food pantries, soup kitchens...

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At NECM, healthy food is a universal language

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 01-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

Comida, pagkain, or chakula: No matter how you say it, food is something we all need, and North End Community Ministry (NECM) is working hard to make sure language is not a barrier to putting a healthy meal on the table. Amy...

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Food bank invites community to receive food for the holidays

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 12-19-2016 under NONPROFITS

On Thursday, Dec. 22, Feeding America West Michigan will open its doors to community members who need a little extra food this holiday season. Food for the Holidays will begin at 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 4. Guests are asked to arrive no earlier...

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Experience of food insecurity inspires Grand Valley student to help others

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 12-15-2016 under NONPROFITS

It’s late September and Gabby Vernon is standing in a field in Allendale, launching a drone. The drone lifts off and hovers more than a hundred feet above Ham Family Farm where a dozen volunteers are picking kale and loading it onto a van...

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