About Feeding America West Michigan


Map shows the food bank's location as well as the location of it's two branches (Southwest and Northwest), two partner distribution organizations (Manna Food Project, Westnern U.P. food bank) and two redistribution organization (food rescue and family network or wyoming.).

Overview

Feeding America West Michigan is one of 200 food banks in Feeding America’s nationwide network. It is one of seven Feeding America member food banks located in Michigan. Feeding America West Michigan serves 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Its service area spans from the Indiana border north through the western half of the state and extends throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.

Vision

A community in which all neighbors are nourished and empowered within an equitable food system.

Mission

To gather and distribute food to relieve hunger and increase food security in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

History

The organization was founded on April 23, 1981 as Gleaners Food Bank of West Michigan, Inc. During its early years, the food bank distributed 8,000 pounds of food per month out of a small rented space in southwest Grand Rapids. Since that time, the organization has moved to its main warehouse in Comstock Park and has added two branches, one in Cadillac and the other in Benton Harbor. The food bank has grown into an organization that distributes millions of pounds of food each year through its network of more than 900 agency and Mobile Pantry partners, and four distribution organizations including Manna Food Project, Food Rescue, Family Network of Wyoming and the Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank. In 2019, Feeding America West Michigan distributed 25.3 million pounds of food – equivalent to 20 million meals.