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My Town: 13 Food for Families 'food fight' comes to your town!

My Town: 13 Food for Families 'food fight' comes to your town!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan says approximately $165 billion worth of food never makes it onto the plates of those who need it, taking an alternative trip to the trash instead.

Now is your chance to change that statistic. 

Our 13 Food for Families campaign is underway, pitting the WZZM 13 team against one another in a “food fight”.  From June 9 through June 16, members of the WZZM 13 family will be camping out outside various SpartanNash stores to collect your food donations. The community that donates the most will receive a free ice cream party.

WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will kick off the food fight Monday, June 9 at the Plumb’s store in Muskegon, located at 1663 W. Sherman. She will be taking your donations live during our news show.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Muskegon: Free food and the city's future

My Town Muskegon: Free food and the city's future

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Dine on free hot dogs and ice cream while helping determine the future of the city during a community meeting Tuesday, June 3.

The city commission’s special community relations committee meeting will take place inside McGraft Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come out and share their ideas for and concerns about the city.  City commissioners and the city managers will discuss an action plan for the city.

For more information, visit the city website here.

My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

NORTON SHORES, Mich.-- The public is invited to the Wings of Mercy 19th annual CareAffaire fundraiser taking place at the Muskegon County Airport on Saturday, May 31.

Wings of Mercy is a volunteer pilot organization with a mission to provide free air transportation to patients needing treatment at distant medical centers.

Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, served by the Muskegon Host Lions Club  at the Executive Air Transport. There will also be the 9th annual Run for Wings 5K, beginning at 8 a.m.  To register for this sanctioned race, visit www.runforwings.org or www.goracego.com.

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.— A strong relationship between residents and police officers is key in ensuring the safety of the community; that’s why the Muskegon Heights Police Department is hosting the inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day.

All community members are invited to take part in the celebration this Saturday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Rowan Park.  Visitors can view police and fire vehicles from across the county, horses from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division, K-9 Units and meet area sports athletes and city leaders.  Visitors can also register their bicycles, get a child safety seat inspection and take home a child safety kit, which includes fingerprinting. For fun, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, giveaways, refreshments and raffles.  For the entire schedule, see below.

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Literacy Center of West Michigan is getting a big financial boost.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Grand Rapids organization a $10,000 grant to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  The funding is part of more than $6 million in grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded last week to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations nationwide.  Other West Michigan recipients include:

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: