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My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

 

(WZZM)- The Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

"Save a Life Tour"

"Save a Life Tour"

The Save a Life Tour is coming to our community on Thursday, July 3, 2014. This presentation will be held at 1501 Cedar St. NE in Grand Rapids, MI from 8:30am-11:30am and then again from 12:30pm - 4:00pm.

Kent County Juvenile Detention Center has chosen to do something about the problems that kill or injure thousands each year; Distracted Driving and texting and Distracted Driving and anti-drinking and driving programs.

This huge multi media event features no holds barred video presentations coupled with 2 multi-million dollar simulation experiences like nothing you have evern seen. One simulator features texting and driving and the other, drinking & driving.

The National Save a Life Tour has been endorsed by high schools and colleges all across the country and by the US Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army, along with numerous insurance companies and hospitals nationwide.

MomsBloom and Postpartum Progress helping new moms with postpartum depression

MomsBloom and Postpartum Progress helping new moms with postpartum depression
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No Fireworks on the 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI?????

No Fireworks on the 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI?????

Fourth of July in Grand Rapids, MI. When is 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI not 4th of July? When someone decided exciting and important things such as Fireworks gets delayed to the 5th of July.

This kind of reminds me of Rogers City, MI., a town up north on Lake Huron, where I grew up.  We use to have great 4th of July celebrations until one year the town council decided having a Nautical Festival the first weekend in August was much more important than the 4th of July. After that, 4th of July was just another day and residents left Rogers City and traveled to surrounding communities to see fireworks on the 4th. It’s no wonder that town today is a dying community; nothing exciting going on there anymore.

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.