The Rapidian

Poverty

Freedom from want

by (development)

Submitted 12-05-2011 under NONPROFITS

As old-fashioned and unrealistic as Norman Rockwell’s paintings seem today, there is something alluring about them. I have never been a fan of his work, but some of Rockwell’s paintings make me nostalgic for a simpler time. That is...

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Three reasons why the Hunger Challenge misses the mark

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 09-12-2011 under OPINION

You might have heard that as part of Hunger Action Week, The Food Bank is challenging the public to feel the effects of food insecurity by limiting their food purchases to $30.59 per person between the 14th and the 20th and talk about their...

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Michigan Legislature Limits FIP Participation

by (development)

Submitted 07-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

In July, the Michigan Legislature passed HB 4409.  This piece of legislation will limit families to 48 months of benefits under the Family Independence Program (FIP).  The food stamp program, a component of FIP, will be affected by the...

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The Paradox of Hunger and Obesity

by (development)

Submitted 03-23-2011 under NONPROFITS

  The United States has the dubious distinction of having the greatest percentage of people that are obese. Almost 34% of the population is considered to be suffering from obesity. It's one thing it leads the world in that isn't very...

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In Good Company

by (grdominicans)

Submitted 12-03-2010 under NONPROFITS

It really was a poor place to be giving birth -- that dimly lit and chilly cave meant to shelter animals. The parents, Mary and Joseph, were in a strange town, far from home; they had walked for miles. The entire situation was rather irregular from...

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A SOS (Shape our Schools) Call To the Creatives, From a Creative

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 09-08-2010 under OPINION

Both Lisa Rose Starner and Seth Starner collaborated on this piece. Grand Rapids is brimming with creativity, and it's this talent that is painting a new face on Grand Rapids. These creatives aren't just relegated to the artist's studio – these...

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West Michigan Taco Bell patrons donate over 500 winter coats in 10 days

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 01-07-2010 under NONPROFITS

Over a span of only ten days, West Michigan residents succeeded in making winter a little warmer for over 500 members of Boys & Girls Clubs in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, and Battle Creek.  Fifty local Taco Bell restaurants collected...

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GRPS: The Effect of Poverty on Educational Attainment

by (fikj)

Submitted 12-13-2009 under NEWS

Student and family poverty negatively effects educational proficiency and children ability to learn. Written by: Joshua Fik, Daina Salayon, Kenny Spicer, Bob Hutek; Frederik Meijer Honors College; Grand Valley State University. In the midst of...

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Camp O’Malley aiming to achieve another successful summer in 2010

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 11-09-2009 under NONPROFITS

Despite the completion of another successful summer, Camp O’Malley’s camper attendance numbers dropped a little over two percent this year. The number of youth attending in 2009 was 484, while in 2008 there were 495 campers. Although, this drop does...

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