‘Food from the Heart’ works to fight hunger

The Heart of West Michigan United Way's "Food from the Heart" event at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. (Undated courtesy photo)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On Wednesday, 1,000 volunteers packed Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids to pack up to 200,000 meals for West Michigan families.

Heart of West Michigan United Way organized the “Food from the Heart” event, which aims to combat hunger in our community. The meal packets will go to local food pantries to be passed out to families in need.

Hunger affects one in eight people locally, the United Way says, and one in five children is food insecure. The problem can get worse in the summer, when kids no longer have access to school lunch.

You can donate to Food from the Heart at the United Way’s website.

==Above, Ellen Carpenter from the Heart of West Michigan United Way and Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan talk about the problem of hunger.==