Event Calendar

Looking for opportunities to get involved with Feeding America West Michigan? See below for current fundraisers, community events, and volunteer opportunities in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Fundraisers and Community Events

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August 29-September 2: Blue Bridge Lighting in Grand Rapids.
To kick off Hunger Action Month, the City of Grand Rapids will be turning the lights on the iconic Blue Bridge orange, the color of hunger.

September 10: Volunteer at the Food Bank
Feeding America West Michigan is opening its Comstock Park branch to volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 10. Put on a hairnet and gloves and help us sort food for local families in need! Sign up to volunteer.

September 11: Diabetes Walk
Join us on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids for the Diabetes Walk, organized by the American Diabetes Association. We’ll be doing healthy cooking demonstrations and taste tests. More information to come.

September 13-October 11: Double Your Donation
Your gift will make twice the impact during Weingartz’s Mow Down Hunger campaign. Just make a gift online between September 13 and October 11, and Weingartz will match it. That means every dollar you give provide eight meals to your neighbors in need. Give today.

September 14: ArtPrize Preview at New Vintage Place
This invitation-only event offers a sneak preview of National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore’s entry in this year’s ArtPrize competition.

September 15: Pack the Pub at Ore Dock Brewing
Calling all beer enthusiasts and anti-hunger advocates in the UP! We’re packing the pub at Ore Dock Brewing Co. in Marquette on Thursday, September 15. Buy a pint of True North, an all-Michigan hefeweizen, and Ore Dock will send a meal to a neighbor in need. Ore Dock is located at 114 W Spring Street. RSVP to the Facebook event.

September 17: Gazelle Sports Food Drive
Gazelle Sports is hosting a food and fund drive at their Grand Rapids location. Give cash or cans and you’ll get a Hunger Action Month canvas tote bag in return! Gazelle Sports is located on 28th Street.

September 21-October 9: Hunger Series at ArtPrize
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is partnering with Feeding America West Michigan to bring his hunger series to DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids during ArtPrize 2016. Stop by. Say hi. And vote!

September 24: Hunger Action Month Volunteer Day
In honor of Hunger Action Month, we’re adding another Saturday to our volunteer schedule! Our Comstock Park branch will be open to volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24. Put on a hairnet and gloves and help us sort food for local families in need! Sign up to volunteer.

September 26: Rocktoberfest at New Holland Brewing Co.
Rocktoberfest is a celebration of beer, food, and music, all for the purpose of supporting West Michigan hunger relief. The event takes place at New Holland Brewing Co. in downtown Holland. Purchase tickets.

October 4: Harvest Party at Greenbush Brewing Co.
Greenbush Brewing Company is throwing a party to celebrate the release of Demeter, a harvest ale, and Vanderbush, a collaboration with Vandermill Cider. The event is family-friendly and includes music, hay rides, sack races, and a cook-out. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan.


Ongoing Fundraisers

Renewal Real Estate Fights Hunger

For every home they sell, Renewal Real Estate will donate 25 percent of their commission directly to a West Michigan nonprofit. So if you sell a home with Renewal Real Estate, be sure to designate your gift to Feeding America West Michigan.

To learn more, contact broker Teresa Visser at 616-827-2521 or tvisser@renewalrealestate.net.


Volunteer Events

See Upcoming Volunteer Events

Feeding America West Michigan relies on thousands of volunteers to serve our neighbors in need each year. To see the full calendar of upcoming opportunities and register as a volunteer, visit our volunteer page.


Food Drives

April 3-May 1: Food Fight at First UMC Marquette

First United Methodist Church Marquette wants to invite you to a food fight! But this food fight doesn’t involve throwing mashed potatoes. Instead, First UMC is challenging you to compete in their annual food drive and fundraiser for Feeding America West Michigan. Different groups within the church, including the choir, youth group, and Sunday school classes will be challenging each other to raise the most for local hunger relief, and they want you to take part.

Drop off your contribution of food or funds in person. First UMC is located at 111 East Ridge Street in Marquette. If you have questions, contact Ginny Davis at scullersview[at]gmail.com.


May 14: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

This May, fighting hunger is as easy as leaving a bag of food on your porch. The 24th-annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is taking place on Saturday, May 14. To get involved, simply fill a bag of nonperishable food and set it out by your mailbox in time for your normal Saturday delivery. This year, you can also give a meal online. Just visit FeedWM.org/StampOutHunger to make your contribution.

We want to thank our local sponsors: Fox 17, Meijer, Heart of West Michigan United Way, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, and the NALC.