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Thank you for marching against hunger

A compassionate community shows up for the first Million Meal March 10K hike.
Teacher Pamela Seales with students from Gerald R. Ford Middle School on the White Pine Trail.

Teacher Pamela Seales with students from Gerald R. Ford Middle School on the White Pine Trail. /Feeding America West Michigan

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A young hiker with Chela, the Food Bank mascot.

A young hiker with Chela, the Food Bank mascot. /Feeding America West Michigan

JR of Chinese Baseball rocks out at the Food Bank.

JR of Chinese Baseball rocks out at the Food Bank. /Feeding America West Michigan

Dear West Michigan,

Before anything else, we want to say thank you. This year Feeding America West Michigan introduced a new campaign to fight hunger, and you embraced it. After weeks of planning, promoting and biting our nails, you showed up on the 29th, full of energy and the desire to help those in need.

Some 250 people hiked the White Pine Trail with us that Saturday. We were amazed by the number of schools, businesses and church groups that made the effort to come out en masse to support our work. Through the collective effort of these individuals, organizations and businesses, the Million Meal March has raised over $57,000 so far, enough to send nearly 240,000 meals to families throughout West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

And we’re still pressing forward.

For the next six months, we’ll continue this effort, holding a fundraising luncheon at the Goei Center on November 1, working with local restaurateurs at Reds on the River, Brewery Vivant, and The Gilmore Collection, and raising funds online. We’re even kicking around the idea of a spring cycling tour. You can stay up to date with the Million Meal March online.

Thank you for all you’ve done to fight hunger in West Michigan. We live in a truly generous community.

Keep marching,

Your friends at Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

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