Million Meal March Awards Luncheon renews call


More than 160 people attended our Million Meal March Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 1. We were particularly grateful for the chance to honor those who put their time and resources on the line to make our work possible this year.

Access of West Michigan, Old Orchard Brands, Walmart, and Kristi Hekker received awards for excellence in agency partnership, food donations, financial support, and volunteering. We’re sincerely grateful for all that they’ve done for our Food Bank.

The day ended with a call to action. Writer and researcher Ali Benjamin presented two portraits of children living with food insecurity from her Emmy-winning documentary Growing Hope Against Hunger. She reminded us that the well-being of children is a community’s primary responsibility.

Learn more about Ali and her work here.

Most significantly, the luncheon raised awareness and funds for our Million Meal March campaign. This community has now put over $73,000 toward our goal of sending an additional million meals to families in need throughout West Michigan. Thank you.

There’s more to be done. Visit to find out how you can get involved.

How we can all end hunger together

It’s shocking, how many West Michigan families don’t know where their next meal will come from. But it’s amazing, what a big difference you make when you join Feeding America West Michigan – and thousands of farmers, manufacturers, grocers, restaurateurs and other committed citizens – in saving surplus food from landfills and sending it where it’s needed to feed the hungry. Ever wondered what you can do about hunger? This 4-minute video shows how a little help from you can make maximum change.

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