Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

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Kent-Ionia Labor’s MLK Day of Service project announced: Mobile food pantry at City Life Church

GRAND RAPIDS January 4, 2016– The Kent-Ionia Labor community held their December food truck at City Life Church in Grand Rapids, and the response was overwhelming– more than 150 households were served, providing mlkdayofservice2food for 507 individuals– a greater response than any previous food truck of 2015.

Because of such a great need in the area surrounding City Life Church, the KICLC Community Action Team decided they would return there for the 2016 Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 18.

While for a lot people, MLK Day is a day off from work or school, since 1994, it has been officially a day that many individuals and organizations give back to the community through volunteering.

“The Kent-Ionia Labor community is amazing. They have a great heart for service all year long,” said KICLC field engagement coordinator Steve Veldheer. “With the MLK holiday, we wanted to make sure our volunteers had an opportunity to serve, and City Life has been an amazing partner in the past. So doing our monthly food truck at City Life on this year’s National Day of Service just made sense.”

WHAT: MLK Day of Service

WHERE: City Life Church, 574 Division S, Grand Rapids

WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2016; volunteers meet at the church at 3:30pm, distribution starts at 4pm.

Each month, the west Michigan labor community partners with a different church to host a Feeding America mobile food pantry, and union members from across west Michigan volunteer their time to help distribute the food to families in need. Most months, the truck is scheduled for the third Thursday, but for January, it’s being moved to coincide with the MLK Day of Service.

Anyone interested in participating in the Kent-Ionia Labor community’s MLK Day of Service is invited to arrive at City Life Church, 574 Division S in Grand Rapids, at 3:30pm on January 18. The food truck will open to the public at 4pm, and will likely be done around 5 or 5:30pm.

In addition, if you are in need of food assistance, or know anyone who is, this mobile food pantry is available to anyone who shows up, with no proof of income required. Produce and baked goods will be available.

For more information, contact Steve at


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Kent-Ionia Labor Council

The Kent-Ionia Labor Council, AFL-CIO is a coalition of west Michigan labor unions in Kent and Ionia Counties, based in Grand Rapids.

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