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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

My Town: 'Many Hands Against Hunger' provides 200,000 meals

My Town: 'Many Hands Against Hunger' provides 200,000 meals

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  Feeding America West Michigan says supporters during its Many Hands Against Hunger luncheon benefit last month helped raise enough money to provide 200,000 meals to neighbors in need.

The Comstock Park-based organization shared the results of its Many Hands Against Hunger benefit Thursday.  Supporters and underwriters like Meijer brought in $50,019.50.

Feeding America West Michigan wants to recognize Judge Sara Smolenski and 8-year-old Owen Ronning for sharing their inspirational stories to motivate others to help. Last summer, Owen went without the traditional birthday gifts, asking for a mobile food pantry instead.  With his parent’s encouragement, Owen went door-to-door, asking for money to make the pantry happen.  In June, his act of kindness came to fruition, as he and his friends distributed 5,000 pounds of fresh produce, milk and baked goods to 115 families in need.

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.

Michigan Blended and Online Virtual Public Schools Host Information Sessions for Interested Families

Michigan Blended and Online Virtual Public Schools Host Information Sessions for Interested Families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- While the summer has just begun, back-to-school will be here before you know it, which is why families still undecided about where to send their children need to act quickly.

For those looking for a personalized approach to learning, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – are hosting free information sessions throughout the summer.

MomsBloom and Postpartum Progress helping new moms with postpartum depression

MomsBloom and Postpartum Progress helping new moms with postpartum depression
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