Mondays: 10 am – 4 pm (transactions must be completed by 3:45 pm)
Tuesdays thru Fridays: 9 am – 4 pm (transactions must be completed by 3:45 pm)
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank will be closed Wednesday December 24 through Friday December 26 in celebration of Christmas. We will reopen for business at 10 am on Monday December 29. We will offer only shopping on the morning of Wednesday December 31 as we conduct our annual inventory; there will be no case-counted orders filled that day, and no agency activity at all in the afternoon. We will then be closed Thursday January 1 and Friday January 2, and will reopen for business at 10 am on Monday January 5.
Closures due to weather will be listed on www.wzzm13.com by 7:15 am, under Feeding America West Michigan
Need help with our new online ordering system? Start with a 1 page explanation here or our video tutorials here. You can also find more tips & tricks here and answers to frequently asked questions here. Instructions on submitting household counts (for grocery programs taking USDA) are here. If during ordering you see the message “You are over the limit for highlighted items” but do not see any highlighted items, click on any tab (example Orders), then click Order Entry again. The error will go away.
Reminder for depot and delivery participants: Depot and delivery orders are due 2 business days before the depot at noon – THIS INCLUDES ALL ADD-ONS!
We regret to inform our depot and delivery agencies that we cannot send popsicles or ice cream on depots or deliveries as our refrigerated trailers are not cold enough to keep those products intact.
Comstock Park call schedule
Monday December 15 –Nancy U – 616-389-6358
Tuesday December 16 – Elianna – 616-389-6349
Wednesday December 17 – Nancy W – 616-432-6962
Thursday December 18 – Nancy W – 616-432-6962
Friday December 19 - Jude – 616-389-6362
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is not accepting new Partner Agency applications this December. We will be launching a revised agency application process in January 2015.
For Consumers: Check out www.holidayfoodsafety.org and download these classic resources.
|Infographic for a Safe Holiday FeastThis infographic puts a safe holiday feast at your fingertips. Whether you’re shopping, preparing, or re-heating your meal, make this your road-map for staying food safe.
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Attention Agency Partners: We have received a number of inquiries about the frozen pizza donation publicized by the Grand Rapids Press and other media outlets this week. This shipment has been delayed but we expect it to arrive shortly. Be assured that we will post the pizza on our online ordering system as soon as it becomes available. We sincerely appreciate your patience.
We’ve been getting a lot of feedback on the case-counted flounder fillets* – agencies and their clients have noted that it falls apart and is mushy, especially if pan-fried. The taste is fine, though, so among other options we would recommend making it into fish tacos or fish chowder. It can be baked or broiled, and these processes are particularly effective with a marinade. For example, see this recipe for parmesan-encrusted fish.
*All except 4 cases in Sault Ste Marie have been ordered by agencies.
It’s estimated that more than 4 million seniors are eligible for nearly $4.5 billion in food benefits, but they are not enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Why? Many simply don’t know about the program. September is Hunger Action Month. Help us spread the word—SNAP helps hungry seniors and it’s easy to get started!
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