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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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Hunger Action Week addresses food access, nutrition in Kent County

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 09-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

Several Grand Rapids-area hunger-relief organizations are coming together for Hunger Action Week, Sept. 14-20, a series of events whose mission is to educate West Michigan about the reality of local hunger and provide practical ways to get involved...

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Bartending competition to support local hunger relief

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-27-2014 under NONPROFITS

On Tuesday, March 11, T.G.I. Friday’s of Kentwood is hosting a flair bartending competition where mixologists will display their skills and auction off their creations along with a host of other prizes to benefit Feeding America West Michigan...

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Taking the SNAP challenge? No, thank you.

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 09-06-2013 under OPINION

This year, I was considering taking the SNAP challenge. This is where you only spend $4.50 per day for all of your food for the day, which is the same amount that people who use SNAP (Food Stamps) have to spend for their meals daily. As quickly as I...

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Campaign raises over $57K for hungry, looks ahead to luncheon

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 10-22-2012 under NONPROFITS

By the time the last hiker had crossed the finish line at Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s Million Meal March Trail Hike on Sept. 29, the campaign had raised over $57,000 to fight hunger. Encouraged by the turnout, the Food Bank staff...

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Healthy cook-off proves tight budget doesn't mean poor diet

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-29-2012 under NONPROFITS

Eat fresh, eat local, eat healthy. Most Americans know what they should eat, but for low-income families, the question is how. On day two of Hunger Action Week 2012, the Healthy Food Cook-Off at United Church Outreach Ministry will provide some...

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Hunger Action Week: Poverty simulation shows hunger from inside out

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-27-2012 under NONPROFITS

Hunger Action Week 2012 begins not with a lecture or a film but by immersing participants in the daily rigors of life in poverty. “We want people to be a little stressed out by the whole experience,” said Shelly Helmus, Development and...

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Michigan Legislature Limits FIP Participation

by (development)

Submitted 07-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

In July, the Michigan Legislature passed HB 4409.  This piece of legislation will limit families to 48 months of benefits under the Family Independence Program (FIP).  The food stamp program, a component of FIP, will be affected by the...

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