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WZZM 13 Celebrates 13 Years of Service with 13 Food For Families!

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(Grand Rapids, MI) - WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids is proud to announce another very successful wrap to our 13 Food for Families campaign. This was the 13th year for the eight day drive to help feed hungry families who often times go without during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

The goal to raise more than 200-thousand pounds of non-perishable, nutritious food items was exceeded again this year thanks to the generous donations of WZZM 13 viewers and many corporate sponsors as well.

More than 275,000 pounds of food has already been weighed and more continues to trickle in from Spartan Stores around West Michigan.

"What a wonderful difference we have been able to make in the lives of families that are struggling right now", said Catherine Behrendt, 13 Food for Families champion and Programming/Community Director. "WZZM 13 is committed to telling the story of hunger and poverty in our community and helping those in need. Many of the people on the receiving end of these food donations have in the past been donors themselves."

WZZM 13 Anchors and Reporters also created a challenge at area Spartan Stores with a weeklong "Food Fight" prompting people to come out to their local neighborhood stores and donate. Veteran Anchorman, Lee VanAmeyde was at the Kentwood Spartan Store and collected 45 boxes of food in just a couple of hours!

The donated food will be distributed to pantries in 11 West Michigan counties through ACCESS of West Michigan. If you know of someone in need, please ask them to call the United Way hotline at 211 for directions to their nearest food pantry.

For more information please go to www.wzzm13.com or contact Pamela Rankin, Marketing Manager at:
(616) 559-1480 or email prankin@wzzm13.com.

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