Event Calendar

Here are the events we currently have going on. To get more information about a particular event, just click on its listing.

Fundraisers and Community Events

August 1-31, 2014: Fight Hunger at BaLu’s E-Store

For the month of August, BaLu’s E-Store is donating 20% of every purchase made with the Micwest14 promo code to Feeding America West Michigan. Plus, you’ll get 5% off the cost of your purchase.

Browse BaLu’s wide selection of gifts and home accents — everything from bird feeders to bookends — and enter “Micwest14” when you check out. When you do, you’ll be sending meals to your food-insecure neighbors in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Visit balusestore.com.

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August 25-September 7: Dress Like a Food Banker

Ann Arbor-based Hold on to Hope is releasing three new Feeding America West Michigan clothing designs this month. From August 25 to September 7, 50% of every purchase will come back to the Food Bank.

Check out their full line of Food Bank clothing at HoldOnToHope.org.

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September 20: Grand Harvest Festival at Horizen Hydroponics

Are you a hydroponic grower or a backyard gardener? Donate your fresh fruits and vegetables to Feeding America West Michigan at Horizen Hydroponics now through September 20 for your chance to win $500 in growing equipment at the Grand Harvest Festival this year.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at Horizen Hydroponics, 1614 Leonard NW in Grand Rapids.

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October 4, 2014: RIDE for Refuge in Grand Rapids

Local food community EatGR is taking part in RIDE for Refuge on our behalf this October. This charity bike ride takes place all over the US and Canada to support hundreds of nonprofits working to improve people’s lives at home and around the world.

If EatGR can raise $1,500 for the Food Bank through RIDE for Refuge, they’ll send founder and reluctant cyclist Chris Freeman on the 15-mile bike ride. If they can raise $3,000, he’ll ride 30. Join the team or donate at rideforrefuge.org.

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Ongoing: Buy Food Bank Apparel Through Live. Love. Michigan.

Wear your heart on your sleeve. Buy Feeding America West Michigan apparel to raise awareness and send meals to those in need. 25% of your purchase will be donated to the Food Bank.

Visit holdontohope.org to see the collection.

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Ongoing: Food Circles feeds you and a neighbor in need

Feeling hungry? So are 1 in 5 West Michigan kids. The difference is that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

You can help! Spend $1 with Food Circles to get a tasty dish at a local restaurant and send 4 meals to kids, adults, and seniors struggling with hunger in our region.

Visit joinfoodcircles.org to get the app for Apple or Android.

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Ongoing: Temptation Skateboards

Trenary-based Temptation Skateboards is fighting hunger.

Every time they sell one of their custom-designed freestyle Chef boards, they’ll donate $5 to Feeding America West Michigan’s Sault Ste. Marie branch. That means each board sold will send 20 meals to people in need in the Eastern UP.

Visit temptationskateboards.com to view their full line of products.

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Volunteer Events

Weekdays in the reclamation department

The busiest times at the Food Bank — the times when we could use your help the most — are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. You’ll help us sort food and household goods from some of our top donors. Because it involves some bending and lifting, this opportunity is ideal for able-bodied volunteers 12 and up. Youth groups, college clubs, and corporate service teams are welcome. See our volunteer calendar for available dates.

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Saturdays in the reclamation department

Help sort donated food in our warehouse between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on select Saturdays. This opportunity is perfect for youth groups, college clubs, and corporate service outings. Groups of up to 25 are welcome. See our volunteer calendar for available dates.

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Food Drives

August 11-23: Grand Rapids Griffins Food Drive

Donate food and you could win a free seat at the Grand Rapids Griffins opening night game. Drop off your donations at The Zone August 11 through 23. One item equals one entry, so the more you give, the better your chance to win.

The Zone is located at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

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