The Rapidian

Poverty

Feeding America West Michigan distributes 400 millionth pound of food

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 04-09-2014 under NONPROFITS

On March 18, 2014, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank distributed its 400 millionth pound of food. The story of how we got from our first pound more than three decades ago to 400 million today is a story of compassion and tenacity. It’s...

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Clothing startup sends 2,900 meals to local families

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 04-01-2014 under NONPROFITS

After a two-week campaign, Lansing-based startup Live. Love. Michigan. raised enough money to send 2,900 meals to local families through Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Through its Hold on to Hope campaign, the company designed a line of...

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Hope on their sleeves: clothing startup believes in Michigan's resilience

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 03-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

Community investment is an afterthought for most companies, something they work into their business plans after they’ve gotten established. For Live. Love. Michigan. it was the founding principle. A marine biology student at Michigan State...

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Missional organization to give glimpse of poverty's challenges at local colleges

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 03-14-2014 under NEWS

Rent, food, clothing, heat - these are essential costs for living in West Michigan. But what if a family's income isn't enough to cover these costs? Access of West Michigan's upcoming poverty simulation workshops will seek to initiate...

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Hunger in uniform: JROTC cadets overcoming food insecurity

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 03-04-2014 under NONPROFITS

A hard, cold rain was falling as the Mobile Food Pantry pulled up to Innovation Central High School on a Thursday evening in February. Sergeant James Peterson stood in the weather for a few minutes before deciding to move the food inside. Half a...

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Terra GR donates 488 meals through Cool Brews, Hot Eats

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 03-03-2014 under NONPROFITS

This afternoon, Terra GR announced that it would be donating the equivalent of 488 meals to the hungry through Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. The fundraiser, which ended on Sunday, coincided with Experience Grand Rapids’ two-week-...

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Bartending competition to support local hunger relief

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-27-2014 under NONPROFITS

On Tuesday, March 11, T.G.I. Friday’s of Kentwood is hosting a flair bartending competition where mixologists will display their skills and auction off their creations along with a host of other prizes to benefit Feeding America West Michigan...

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Terra GR encourages patrons to eat, drink, aid hungry families

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-19-2014 under NONPROFITS

Terra GR is obsessed with local: local produce, local meat, local cheese, local beer — the list is long. During Cool Brews. Hot Eats., Experience Grand Rapids’ two week showcase of Michigan food and drink, the restaurant is adding one...

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Teen celebrates birthday, Valentine's Day by volunteering

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Rachel Rounds of Evart, Michigan, is celebrating her 18th birthday. “I just got back from a mission trip to Africa, and I was thinking about different things to do for my birthday, maybe going to see a...

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Local shelters strive to curb trend of child homelessness in Grand Rapids

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-05-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

For many children in Grand Rapids, waking up without a place to call home is not a bad dream. For many children, homelessness is a reality. Cindy Longyne, communications manager for Mel Trotter Ministries, says there are 45 children currently...

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