Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS January 25, 2016– Through frigid temps and falling snow, the West Michigan labor community held its January food truck at the City Life Church in Grand Rapids last week, where 202 people from 65 households received food. This month’s truck was scheduled for the Martin Luther King Day holiday, which has been recognized as a national day of service since the 1990s.
In addition to the produce and baked goods on the Feeding America truck, more than 100 hats and gloves were distributed to those in-need.
About the Food Truck Program: 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.
Over the past two years, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, the Heart of West Michigan United Way, its partner organizations and volunteers delivered over 125,000 pounds of food to neighbors in need.