2022 Issue 3

In this issue of Full Plate Press, you’ll meet two parents—Roberta, who received food that helped her family around last year’s holiday season, and Alicia, who visits Mobile Pantries at her children’s school to help make ends meet when times get tough. You’ll also read an overview of our Nourish Tomorrow advancement campaign, which will help Feeding America West Michigan equip and renovate our new headquarters—so that we can better serve neighbors like Roberta and Alicia. Tracy, an advancement campaign cabinet member, will also share with you why she’s so passionate about donating time and funds to the campaign. Finally, you’ll read our 2021 annual report! Continue reading

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2022 Issue 2

In this issue of Full Plate Press, you’ll read how hunger affects children across our service area and learn what increases their risk of experiencing it. You’ll also meet amazing neighbors doing what they can to serve kids in need—including kids themselves—and learn how you can join in! In addition, you’ll learn how the food bank is aiming to serve more kids in future summers through our new meal site program—Gather 2 Grow. Continue reading

2022 Issue 1

In this issue of Full Plate Press, you’ll learn a lot about senior hunger and meet some of the seniors our network of food pantries and meal programs serve. You’ll also meet Gerry, one of our most longstanding volunteers, and Jim, a local farmer who donates surplus produce! Continue reading

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2021 Issue 3

In this issue of Full Plate Press, you’ll learn about how the Empowerment Network — one of our agency partners — assists people facing mental illness on their journey toward self-acceptance and sufficiency. Then, in our 2020 annual report, you’ll see our impact in one of the most challenging years on record. Next, you’ll meet people from across our 40-county service area, including a family and a senior we helped. Lastly, we will introduce you to Karen, a donor, who has supported the fight against hunger for the last 15 years. Continue reading

2021 Issue 2

In this edition of Full Plate Press, you’ll learn how our partners are fighting child hunger in their communities and meet some of the neighbors they serve. You’ll meet Maria, a high school junior who loves volunteering at the Community Food Club in Grand Rapids each week. You’ll read how three community school coordinators are ensuring kids have access to food in their school district. Then, you’ll meet Emily, a mom of five, and learn how she’s making ends meet despite unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic. Next, you’ll get to know Jerry, one of the food bank’s truck drivers who’s driven to fight hunger wherever he goes. Finally, you’ll learn how John and Lynn gave back to the pantry that helped them in their time of need. Continue reading

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2021 Issue 1

In this edition of Full Plate Press, you’ll take a trip to the Upper Peninsula and meet neighbors facing and fighting hunger during the pandemic. Neighbors like Mary Ann, a student who visited her school’s pantry to put food on her family’s table. Neighbors like Annie, who has fought hunger for decades in her small town. And neighbors from diverse faith backgrounds who united to raise funds for hunger relief. Finally, you’ll learn about a program we’re piloting this winter to help seniors access healthy food. Continue reading