Making a difference on a Sunday afternoon stroll

Former executive director of Access of West Michigan celebrates the 40th Annual Hunger Walk by noting how change can happen in the context of a community. Marsha DeHollander is looking forward to joining with her community and being a part of Access 40th Annual Hunger Walk, for the 33rd time. But the Hunger Walk is … Continued

Feedback concert rocks out against poverty

The 23rd Annual Feedback Concert was a great success in raising a record $3,792 to cultivate equitable solutions to poverty. What do rock’n’roll and food security have to do with each other? On Sunday, April 9, they came together in an entertaining way.On a beautiful Sunday evening, Local Spins hosted the Feedback benefit concert supporting … Continued

More than taste: the definition of “Good Food”

What makes food “good”? It may be taste. If you have a sweet tooth, maybe you’d consider a decadent layered chocolate cake with fluffy whipped frosting “good”. Or for the savory side, a bowl of soup that has a harmony of seasonings and flavors singing out. That sounds good. Or based on presentation. They say … Continued

Face the Facts: Senior Poverty

Myth: Social security takes care of the senior populationFact: 9 percent of seniors live below the poverty line. Ask an average person to describe someone in poverty, many faces may arise: a young child, a single working mom with a house full of kids, or an unemployed 20-year-old high school dropout. But does an 78-year … Continued

Face the Facts: Housing

Myth: A house is all about the aesthetics.Truth: Where you live is an indicator of health. Turn on the TV station HGTV and you’ll get many ideas of what paint colors go together, how to furnish a living room and what color backsplash to add to your new granite counter tops.Or just add things to … Continued

Face the Facts: SNAP Benefits

Myth: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has become inefficient and is too often abused.Truth:  SNAP provides 1 out of 7 Americans with a healthy and sustainable food source. For many families living in poverty, putting food on the table is often a difficult struggle. Even if they are working, their wages may not be … Continued

Face the Facts: Food Insecurity

Myth: People can find healthy foods anywhere they liveFact: 30 million Americans lack access to a supermarket within one mile of their homeFor millions of Americans, biting into a sweet, tasty carrot is not possible every day. Licking the fresh watermelon juice from your chin is only a special treat. In an abundance of healthy … Continued

Poverty Simulation Staffers make the workshops happen

Our staffers are important here at Access of West Michigan. In preparation for an upcoming Poverty Simulation, volunteer staffers Mary, Cindy, Tom and Rhoeda are busy at work compiling participant packets and organizing materials. The Poverty Simulation is just one of many programs at Access of West Michigan to create solutions to poverty through education … Continued

Poverty Simulation asks: “what could we do differently?”

Reading a news article about someone living in poverty is one thing. Actually experiencing it is another. Thursday afternoon on February 9, Metro Health Hospital Services hosted a poverty simulation workshop with Access of West Michigan. The goal of the poverty education program is to create awareness of the realities of poverty and bring inspiration … Continued