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Catalyst Radio: Feeding America hitting the trail to raise 1m meals

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank takes to the White Pine Trail for its Million Meal March fundraiser Sat., Sept. 29.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Feeding America West Michigan uses a mobile pantry as part of its effort to distribute food.

Feeding America West Michigan uses a mobile pantry as part of its effort to distribute food.

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Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank reports that it distributes 20 million meals a year to the nearly 400,000 people who are ‘food insecure’ on this side of the state. And even with the enormous amount of community support providing donated food, and volunteer time to sort, package and distribute the food, not everyone in need is supplied.  In taking a step to fill the gap, the Food Bank is kicking off its Million Meal March fundraiser efforts with a 10k hike on the White Pine Trail on Sept. 29.

Kenneth Estelle, CEO at the Food Bank, joined us in studio to talk about the campaign to raise an additional 1 million meals, at a cost of only about 24 cents per meal.



Local music featured on Catalyst Radio is from the new self-titled release from Serita’s Black Rose, with the song “Somethin’ Somebody Said.”

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