Working together to nourish 40 counties for 40 years

Working together to nourish 40 counties for 40 yearsWorking together to nourish 40 counties for 40 years

In 1981, a few Michiganders who believed no one should go hungry began gathering surplus food and distributing it to their neighbors facing hunger in Kent County.

Since then, Feeding America West Michigan has grown to serve 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties with the help of hundreds of local partners and thousands of donors and volunteers. Together, we put an average of 21 million meals’ worth of food each year on the plates of hundreds of thousands of neighbors who may otherwise go without.

2021 marks 40 years nourishing neighbors together. Despite significant changes during this time, our core beliefs have remained the same: No one should go hungry, meals can change lives and good food shouldn’t be wasted. We work together every single day to make our vision – a community in which all neighbors are nourished and empowered within an equitable food system – a reality.

This page will be updated throughout the year as we share stories, photos and more from the food bank’s journey from past to present – and the steps we are taking next to secure a hunger-free future. Stay tuned!

40 Years 40 Faces

Throughout the year we’ll be featuring 40 people who have been part of the food bank’s 40-year journey.

  • Mary poses while volunteering at the food bank 3. Mary Esch - Since 1981, the hands of countless volunteers have aided Feeding America West Michigan in impacting the lives of many neighbors. Mary, 93, is one in particular who, without a doubt, has earned a spot in our #40years40faces series. When speaking … Continue reading

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