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GRAND RAPIDS March 2, 2017– The West Michigan labor community continues its work to provide food for those going through periods of food insecurity. For 2017, we will continue partnering with local churches to host Feeding America mobile food pantries, where anyone expressing a need can receive a variety of fresh produce and baked goods. 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 help distribute the food to anyone who needs a little help.
Below is the 2017 schedule for March-July:
March 16- New Life Church of God in Christ, 1072 Jefferson SE in Grand Rapids
April 20- Plymouth UCC, 4010 Kalamazoo Ave SE in Grand Rapids
May 18- First CRC, 650 Bates St SE in Grand Rapids
June 15- City Life Church, 574 Division S in Grand Rapids
July 20- St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 1253 52nd St SE in Kentwood
FOR VOLUNTEERS: 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.
FOR THOSE NEEDING ASSISTANCE: Anyone 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.