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Kenneth Estelle
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Kenneth Estelle is CEO of Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, headquartered in Comstock Park. A 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry before entering food banking full-time, Ken works to ensure that no West Michigan family is without access to healthy food. Feeding America West Michigan distributes groceries to more than 1,300 food pantries, soup kitchens, and domestic violence shelters from the southern coast of Lake Michigan through the Upper Peninsula.

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With Child Hunger on the Rise, Food Bank Collaborates With Schools to Feed Families

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:53 PM

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West Michigan has long been the poster child for economic resilience in an otherwise troubled state. But its reputation for wealth masks a darker reality: 1 in 5 kids in the region is at risk of hunger.

According to...

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'Now I'm One of Them': Michigan Teacher Survives Life on the Street

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:28 PM

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With support from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and a local homeless shelter, Dana Knight overcame homelessness with her health and dignity intact.

Of all the nights Dana spent in her van, one stands out more vividly than the others....

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For Army Couple Reentering Civilian Life, Food Insecurity Just One of Many Challenges

(18) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 6:16 PM

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The Alba family is just one of an estimated 620,000 military households seeking help from the Feeding America network.

On the morning of Sept. 3, Jon and Elizabeth Alba waited two hours at the VA Medical Clinic in Iron Mountain, Mich., not for...

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Fighting Hunger on Michigan's Northern Frontier

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:31 AM

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At the food bank in Ishpeming, 14 miles west of Marquette in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the coffee comes with a disclaimer.

"We don't have lattes," says volunteer Dean Harvey. "We have black coffee you could stand a spoon up in. This is the...

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Michigan Middle School Protects Environment by Fighting Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:56 AM

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As part of an ongoing fundraiser with TerraCycle, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's staff have been collecting yogurt containers and shampoo bottles in the break room. Three months in, we'd managed to fill up a couple of copy...

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Demand for Food Never Higher in West Michigan

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:03 PM

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Never in our 33-year history has Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank distributed more food than we did in 2013. Last year, our organization sent out 25.6 million pounds of groceries and household goods -- approximately 20 million meals...

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Homelessness a Matter of Life, Death in Upper Peninsula

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:59 PM

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What's got volunteer Robert Stevens worked up on the morning of the Mobile Food Pantry at the Luce County Community Resource and Recreation Center ("Link," for short) is not the insistent rain or the cold, it's the thought that...

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The Electric Strawberry: Food Bank Partners With NOVI Energy to Produce Electricity From Food Waste

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 2:02 PM

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A food bank's job is to save surplus food so it can be enjoyed by hungry families. But what happens to the food we can't save, the food that goes bad before it can be distributed?

On June 20, 2013, a semi-truck left

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10-Year-Old Michigan Girl Gives Up Birthday Presents to Feed Hungry Neighbors

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 9:13 AM

This summer, the Disney Channel aired a TV spot about hunger in America. Ten-year-old Payton of Twin Lake, Michigan, happened to be watching that day.

Her mother Angie remembered how Payton came up to her and said, "Mommy, I don't want to get gifts for my birthday, I want to...

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Mobile Food Pantries Bring Fresh Produce to Neglected Communities

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 7:39 PM

A late snow was falling, and temperatures had sliced down to the 30s from a March that had seen 80. The truck from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank pulled into Coopersville, Mich., at 9:30 on that April morning to set up the town's monthly mobile food pantry. A crowd...

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