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Providing healthy food is biggest challenge for local food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- This week WZZM 13 has worked to shine a light on food insecurity in West Michigan. It's part of an effort by WZZM 13's parent company, Gannett, General Mills and "Feeding America" to "Outnumber Hunger."

Thousands of people turn to local pantries when they need help. But right now, pantry managers say their biggest challenge is providing healthy foods to clients. That's because most of the donations they get are canned or boxed and highly processed. In fact, many of those foods are linked to chronic health problems.

"," said Eleanor Moreno, Director of Client Service for South End Community Outreach Ministries. "Lately my goal is looking at how can we make things we are offering to clients healthier."

My Town: Breton Village mall announces expansion and new retailers

My Town: Breton Village mall announces expansion and new retailers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As one store winds down business in Breton Village mall, two more are getting ready to move in.

Weeks after the owners of Pooh's Corner announced they are closing, Breton Village said Wednesday that Lululemon Athletica and Hot Mama have agreed to move into a new building being built at the mall.  Construction is underway on the 24,500 square foot facility, which is located at the corner of Breton and Burton.  The complex’s fourth and final building will have enough space for five to eight new retailers.

Breton Village currently includes Leigh’s, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LOFT, JB and Me, Fitzgeralds, and D&W Fresh Market, among others.

Lululemon has been operating out of a temporary showroom in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village for the past 18 months.  The business sells athletic apparel for a variety of activities, including yoga and jogging.  This will be Lululemon’s first permanent store in West Michigan.

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

The Orangeville Fire Department, located in the Gun Lake Area, is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Detroit Tigers play the Los Angeles Angels on April 19, 2014. The cost is $65.00 for the bus trip and the game, to be paid at the time reservations are made. Everyone going is to meet at the Fire Department at 8:00am the day of the trip.

To make a reservation and for more information, please call: Art Ribble at 269-672-7274 or Mike Ribble at 616-481-4516.

Dog attacks, seriously hurts two in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man and a woman were hospitalized with serious bite wounds to the arms after they were attacked by a loose dog Thursday evening.

The attack happened just after 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Stafford Avenue SW.

Grand Rapids police say the dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback, lived in the same home as the victims and belonged to the woman's mother.

The victims were taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Animal control officers captured the dog; the animal's fate was not known.

Leaders of sex trafficking treatment programs in G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Wedgwood Christian Services is hosting a conference to identify and share the best treatment practices for victims of sex trafficking.

The 2014 National Summit on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is bringing together seven experts who are on the front lines of treating the young victims.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that more than 100,000 children are exploited every year. Wedgewood's Manasseh Project estimates that 2,400 of those victims are in West Michigan.

The goal of the summit is to discuss uniform treatments for victims, ranging from caring for youth with sever sexual trauma and substance abuse to establishing after care programs and outreach for survivors ready to leave treatment.

Free Tax Help Available

Free Tax Help Available

IRS-certified student volunteers from Davenport College are offering free tax preparation for anyone with an income of  below $52,00.00. Volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes for people on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 1pm.

The program is free and sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. For additional information or for an appointment, called 616-871-6147 or visit:  taxhelp@davenport.edu.


Macatawa Bank Hosts Recycling Days April 21-25


HOLLAND, Mich., April 8, 2014 –Macatawa Bank is partnering with local West Michigan businesses, Rapid Shred & Comprenew to host a free event for the public to securely destroy documents and electronics. The event will take place during earth week, April 21-25.

Recycling Days will be held:

Monday, April 21: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 41 North State St., Zeeland Tuesday, April 22: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 1575 68th St., Grand Rapids Wednesday, April 23: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids Thursday, April 24: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 12415 Riley St., Holland Friday, April 25: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3191 44th St., SW, Grandville

Along with the Rapid Shred Truck and Comprenew, Macatawa Bank’s famous Mac Snack Wagon will be at each location serving snacks and handing out water from another local partner, Boxed Water is Better. Recycle totes will go to the first 25 people at each location.