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GRAND RAPIDS April 22, 2016– The West Michigan labor community, partnered with Heart of West Michigan United Way, held its April food truck at First Community AME in Grand Rapids yesterday, where 250 people from 78 households received food.
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.
Next month’s food truck will be held at New Life Church of God in Christ, 1072 Jefferson Ave SE. If you would like to support our monthly food truck program, and ensure food-insecure families in Grand Rapids continue to have access to healthy food options, you can make a donation to the Labor Heritage Society of West Michigan. A donation of $5 will provide 50 pounds of food, $10 will provide 100 pounds, and $100 will provide 1000 pounds.