JUNE 19, 2019

At Food from the Heart, 700 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 that will get them into the hands of families in need here in Kent County. Food from the Heart is sponsored by Kellogg’s.

Sign up to volunteer

With an event as big as Food from the Heart, it takes a lot of helping hands. To make this event successful, we need Meal Assemblers, Station Leaders, Table Sponsors, and Set-Up Crew Members. Registration is through Eventbrite.

give a meal

In addition to volunteering at Food from the Heart, you can join the fight against food insecurity by giving a meal online.

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. Here in Kent County, 1 in 9 people are food insecure, along with 1 in 8 children.

Having a job does not guarantee food security. In fact, 28% of Kent County households are ALICE — meaning they work but still struggle to afford the basics like food, housing, and childcare. Contrary to the stereotype, 74% of SNAP (food stamps) recipients worked while receiving assistance or within 12 months of receiving it.


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, 28,417 people were fed through the programs we fund at 11 Kent County agencies, including food pantries, congregate meal sites, Meals on Wheels Western Michigan, and the Community Food Club, a low-cost, membership-based grocery store.

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