Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS August 21, 2015– The Kent-Ionia labor community, in partnership with Heart of West Michigan United Way, held its final Feeding America food truck of the summer yesterday at First Community AME in Grand Rapids.
July’s food truck was at Springs Church in Cedar Springs, and June’s was at Grace CRC in Grand Rapids. In all, the summer mobile food pantries served 216 food insecure households, and provided food for 815 people.
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 in the Grand Rapids area. Union members, retirees and community members then volunteer their time to pass the food out at an area church or organization.
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.
Next month we kick off the fall season and the food truck will take place on September 17 at Wood Brook Cathedral, 1739 Providence NE in Grand Rapids. For more information on the food truck program, click here.