Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS April, 21, 2015– The West Michigan labor community, partnered with Heart of West Michigan United Way, held its April food truck at City Life Church in Grand Rapids last week, where 127 families received food. The size of the average household this month was just over three, which means more than 420 individuals received help.
Every month, west Michigan labor unions sponsor a Feeding America food truck to distribute 5,000 pounds of produce and baked goods to local families suffering from food insecurity. Union members, retirees and community members then volunteer their time to pass the food out at an area church.
The food is distributed to anyone that shows up, no proof of income or need required. For many struggling families, this serves as a welcome supplement to food they receive from local pantries.
Last year, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, the Heart of West Michigan United Way, its partner organizations and volunteers delivered over 64,000 pounds of food to neighbors in need.