Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS January 29, 2016– For 2016, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council Community Action Team (CAT) will continue partnering with local churches to host Feeding America mobile food pantries. The trucks are purchased through the donations of local unions and individuals, and on the third Thursday of the month, volunteers from across west Michigan offer their time to distribute the food to anyone who needs a little help.
In January, the KICLC CAT held a food truck on Martin Luther King Day at City Life Church. Our next truck will be in March at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center. Then for the remainder of the year the food trucks will rotate between New Life Church of God in Christ, First Community AME and City Life Church.
Below is our 2016 food truck schedule:
Feb: No truck
Mar 17: Kent-Ionia Labor Center
Apr 21: First Community AME
May 19: New Life Church of God in Christ
Jun 16: City Life Church
Jul 21: First Community AME
Aug 18: New Life COGIC
Sep 15: City Life Church
Oct 20: First Community AME
Nov 17: New Life COGIC
Dec 15: City Life Church
Unless otherwise noted, volunteers should meet at the church at 3:30pm to help set up. Food distribution starts at 4:00pm and continues until food is gone (usually takes about an hour). Anyone is welcome to come and volunteer their time to help distribute the food.
The trucks– provided by local unions, individual donors, Feeding America West Michigan and Heart of West Michigan United Way– hold 5,000 pounds of produce, baked goods and other food items.
Anyone who is in-need is welcome to come and receive food, no questions asked and no proof of income is required.
The monthly food truck is funded through the generous donations of working men and women. If you would like to support the the food truck program financially, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Labor Heritage Society of West Michigan.
For more information, please contact the Kent-Ionia Labor Council.