JUNE 19, 2019
4 HOURS. 1,000 VOLUNTEERS. 200,000 MEALS.

At Food from the Heart, 1,000 volunteers will work together to create healthy meal packages. Partnering with Feeding America West Michigan, the meals will be distributed to dozens of food pantries and nonprofit agencies throughout Kent County that will get them in the hands of local families who are experiencing food insecurity.


What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is having unreliable access to healthy food on a day-to-day basis. Food insecurity means skipping meals or buying cheaper, less nourishing food, because it’s all you can afford.

Having a job does not guarantee food security. 30 percent of households served by Feeding America West Michigan and 80 percent of the households who receive government food assistance are working families. Some are working more than one job. Hunger threatens 1 in 8 people in our community, including 1 in 5 children.


What is Heart of West Michigan United Way doing about food insecurity in Kent County?

Heart of West Michigan United Way is committed to tackling our community’s most pressing issues like housing, education, workforce development, and food security.

Last year, 33,864 people were fed through United Way-funded food pantries and 7,517 seniors received congregate meals.

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