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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: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis is in the books.

Organizers say more than 500 people filled John Ball Park Zoo for the May 3 event, which raised more than $84,000 to support Arthritis Foundation programs.

The event honored three-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with arthritis at age two.

“Arthritis is a terrible disease,” said  her mother, Jeanne. “We are very grateful to all the people who came to today’s event. We know that, with their support, we can and will find a cure.”

More than 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan have arthritis- 31 percent of the population.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

Free Student Heart Screening

Free Student Heart Screening

With unexpected deaths of young people in the Grand Rapids area, it is so important to see to it that students are checked out, especially before engaging in sports. Metro health is sponsoring a FREE heart screen for students ages 14-18. This is a great opportunity to get checked out. Please take the time to get signed up.

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than 450 people are expected to fill John Ball Park Zoo Saturday, but not because of the animals.

They’re signed up to take part in the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis.

The event, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, is a non-competitive event aimed at raising awareness and money to help Michiganders who have arthritis.  This year’s honoree is 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores.  She is among the more than 300,000 children nationwide diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Participants in this year’s walk will enjoy refreshments, music, massages and other family-friendly activities.  Those who donate $25 or more will be given admission to the zoo.

WZZM 13’s Jennifer Pascua will emcee this year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m.

Cooking with Kal - Asparagus Recipe

Cooking with Kal - Asparagus Recipe
ASPARAGUS- One of spring’s most wonderful vegetables

 

We here in West Michigan, are so very fortunate to be so near to a community such as Hesperia, that is famous for an abundant crop of asparagus each year.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use asparagus after cleaning and snapping it.

Wash thoroughly and then snap from the bottom up. The asparagus will snap at the point where it becomes tender. Throw away the bottom part or keep to put in stock you may be making.

 

  1. Roasted Asparagus: Put the cleaned asparagus on a big cookie sheet that has sides on it. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and salt & pepper. Toss with your hands and put into the oven, preheated at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm as a side dish or cut up and add to a salad.
  2. Creamed Asparagus Soup-Make any basic soup recipe and substitute asparagus for your main vegetable.