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My Town: Lack of sponsor hurts Stamp Out Hunger campaign

My Town: Lack of sponsor hurts Stamp Out Hunger campaign

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive believe the lack of a regional sponsor hurt the outcome of this year's drive.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says letter carriers collected an estimated 70,000 pounds of food in the Grand Rapids area May 10.  That's less than half of what they collected the year prior, when a sponsor distributed paper bags printed with the Stamp Out Hunger information ahead of the drive. Traditionally, residents will fill those bags with non-perishable food items and place it by their mailbox the morning of the drive. Steiner says other communities also saw a decline in donations.

Steiner says this year's donations will provide nearly 55,000 meals for people living in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  He also says the weather cooperated during the drive; volunteers didn't lose a single food item to rain damage.

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Letter carriers across West Michigan will be picking up something extra during their mailbox visits this Saturday, May 10.

This is the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Families are encouraged to help by filling a paper bag with non-perishable food items and placing it by their mailbox Saturday morning.  Letter carriers will pick up the donations and transport them to participating post offices, where approximately 75 volunteers will sort and ship the donations to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s warehouse in Comstock Park, to feed other families in need.

My Town: Hunger Walk organizers expect to reach their goal

My Town: Hunger Walk organizers expect to reach their goal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Organizers of this year’s Hunger Walk say they’re on track to reach their $120,000 goal.

More than 750 walkers and 100 volunteers took part in walk at Park Church last Sunday.  This was the 37th year for the stroller-friendly event.

Organizers expect to be tallying up donations from the event over the next few weeks.  The proceeds will go to Access of West Michigan, which is focused on eliminating hunger and reducing the impact of poverty in Kent County.

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Expect long lines outside Grand Rapids' four museums, as the  “Museums Free 4 All” returns May 4.

Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum. 

Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town GR Central: Access Hunger Walk returns May 4

My Town GR Central: Access Hunger Walk returns May 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Community members are encouraged to support those in need by taking part in the 37th annual Hunger Walk on May 4 at 1 p.m.

Join the Access of West Michigan team and slip on your walking shoes to help fight hunger in West Michigan. Monetary donations are also being accepted.

This Hunger Walk will take place at Park Church located at 10 East Park Place NE in downtown Grand Rapids.

Call: (616) 784-3250 or visit the Access of West Michigan website for more information.

My Town: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

My Town: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Shaved heads and blood donations are adding up to a big boost for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The organization today accepted two checks from Blue Care Network, Michigan Blood and Grand Valley State University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity, totaling more than $16,000.

The check from BCN and Michigan Blood comes from LaughFest-related blood drives. BCN donated $5,060, which was matched dollar for dollar through the High Five Campaign, which benefits child cancer, grief and emotional support programs provided by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The second check came from Delta Tau Delta, which raised more than $6,500 through a head-shaving event held after a fraternity member’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support for people battling cancer, as well as their loved ones.  GCGR is located at 1806 Bridge Street NW.

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan parents will try to set a new diaper world record this weekend.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change starts at 11 a.m. on April 26 at Cedar Tree Birth and Wellness Center on Cherry Street.  Participating parents will try to break the current Guinness World Record of simultaneous cloth diaper changes- 8,301 diapers changed in 15 countries last year.  This year, 23 countries are expected to take part in the attempt.

This is the fourth year Grand Rapids has taken part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, which is aimed at raising awareness about the environmental benefits of cloth diapering.  Hop Scotch is teaming up with Grand Rapids-based Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers to provide additional activities, starting at 10:30 a.m.