Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Another way communities are helping to fight hunger in West Michigan is through community garden projects.
The Baxter Neighborhood is going the extra mile with a greenhouse that teaches residents how not only how to garden but they provide canning classes so they can have access to their healthy fruits and vegetables all year long.
The program also provides nutrition courses that talk about how healthy eating can reduce heart disease and diabetes.
Danielle Veldman is the green house program coordinator, "The whole purpose of our greenhouse program is to promote healthy sustainable families through good nutrition, family time around meals and physical activity."
The produce is distributed to 50 home gardeners and five-community partners. If you live in the Baxter neighborhood there is a strawberry jamboree family picnic in Joe Taylor Park being held this Thursday from 4-7pm.
Tuesday WZZM 13's Lee Van Ameyde collected 45 boxes of food at the Family Fare on 6127 Kalamazoo Avenue. Lee says they actually ran out of boxes. He beats Valerie Lego's total of 42 boxes collected Monday at the Plumb's Store in Muskegon. WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua will be live at the Family Fare at 1185 S. Washington in Holland from 3pm - 7pm on Wednesday. The public is encouraged to stop by and make a donation.