If large volunteer groups are the food bank’s bread, long-term volunteers are our butter. Together, they help us serve an average of 21 million meals worth of food to neighbors in need each year. “Long-term volunteers are important because we … Continue reading
Service industry workers were among the hardest-hit by temporary unemployment. Thankfully, Heart of West Michigan United Way sponsored seven Mobile Pantries in Kent County, meant to support service industry workers who had lost their jobs. Continue reading
Imagine a crop that reduces waste as it grows, can be cultivated year-round, and contains a ton of vital nutrients. You might not realize it, but you’re thinking of a mushroom. The best part: They’re being grown right here in … Continue reading
Comstock Park, Michigan — November 16, 2016 — Feeding America West Michigan will host a special Fresh Food Giveaway at its Comstock Park headquarters the day before Thanksgiving. Guests of the Nov. 23 distribution can expect to receive a variety … Continue reading
After her husband passed away, Artie Smith moved in with her daughters in Grand Rapids. Three years ago, she made the transition to Ransom Tower Apartments, a facility for low-income seniors run by the Grand Rapids Housing Commission. At 80 … Continue reading
Helping Hands of Howard City was a few days away from opening their new building to the public, and board president Joyce Ebenstein was still unpacking when she heard the door open.