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Hunger Action Week 2012 kicks apathy with awareness

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-27-2012 under NONPROFITS

Hunger Action Week returns for its second year this September. The annual series of events, organized by the Food and Nutrition Coalition, a subcommittee of Kent County’s Essential Needs Taskforce, boasts a revamped itinerary and a sharper...

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Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 08-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The YMCA Veggie Van, touted as “West Michigan's first and only mobile farmers market,” is out visiting between 15 to 18 sites in Grand Rapids every week. In May they branched out beyond the SE neighborhoods. They added their first...

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YMCA Farmers Market brings education, access to community

by (saravz)

Submitted 06-05-2012 under NONPROFITS

For a second season, the downtown YMCA Farmers Market is bringing together Grand Rapids’ urban residents and farmers from neighboring rural communities. This Thursday at 3:00 p.m. farmers will take a break from their fields, bakers will step...

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Baxter Greenhouse Initiative: Growing more than greens

by (sara)

Submitted 04-22-2012 under NEWS

In 2009, the Baxter neighborhood was declared a “food desert” by the Health Department for having no nearby sources of fresh food or produce. In response, the Baxter Community Center began the Greenhouse Initiative as part of its 40th...

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Grand Rapids Farmers Markets 101

by (samantha.dine)

Submitted 07-25-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Despite their rising presence in our city, many of us may have little to no prior knowledge about farmers markets. Perhaps we have lumped them into the category of flea markets, estate states, craft shows; essentially anything we would have to...

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GR GiveCamp enlists over 100 tech volunteers to help 23 nonprofits

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 11-14-2009 under NEWS

Nonprofits are notoriously low on funds, but in the Web 2.0 age, a strong, online presence is crucial for nonprofits to connect with their donors, volunteers and community. Two years ago, developers in Dallas, TX with a penchant for social good put...

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