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My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Gordmans hiring for new store in Wyoming

My Town: Gordmans hiring for new store in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.--  Gordmans is looking to hire 100 employees for its newest store in Wyoming.

Construction is still underway on the facility, which sits next to The Home Depot, south of Rivertown Crossings Mall.  The Nebraska-based retailer is now accepting applications through its website.  Interviews will take place May 19-30 at the southeast Grand Rapids Michigan Works Service Center, 121 Franklin SE.

The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March. 

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: Metro Health farm markets return for the season

My Town: Metro Health farm markets return for the season

WYOMING, Mich.---  The Metro Health Farm Market is back open for the season in Wyoming.

The market opens to shoppers at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 8.  Visitors can shop for locally-grown foods and handmade products from farmers and artisans.  The market will hold special activities for Kids Day (June 19), Christmas in July (July 24) and Health and Wellness Day (July 31).

The Metro Health Farm Market is located in the parking lot of Metro Health Hospital off Byron Center Avenue.  Market hours will be the same this year- Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Metro Health Aquinas Farm Market will return to the college campus May 12.  The market will be open in the Brown Center parking lot Mondays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through August 18.

My Town Wyoming: Beltline Bar holds month-long food drive for local pantries

My Town Wyoming: Beltline Bar holds month-long food drive for local pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Beltline Bar is doing its part to help fill the empty shelves of local food pantries.

Throughout the month of May, the restaurant will be collecting non-perishable food items from patrons.  The first 5,000 guests to donate to the food drive will receive a certificate for a free Beltline Bar wet burrito.

The restaurant hopes to collect 10,000 items during the inaugural drive.  Donations can be dropped off inside the restaurant during regular business hours.

“The food drive is a nice way to give back to the community that has supported the Beltline Bar for the past 60 years,” said restaurant owner Jeff Lobdell. “This is something we plan on turning into an annual event."

The pantry donation wish list includes the following items:

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of local restaurants are joining the effort to ensure veterans get a chance to see their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Seven area Culver’s restaurants will host fundraisers Tuesday, May 20 for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  Ten percent of sales on May 20 will go toward the effort.

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are: