November is the month of Thanksgiving, a time for reflecting back in gratitude on the blessings that we have.

Many in West Michigan are blessed to have an organization like Feeding America (the West Michigan Food Bank) in our community, helping to feed those on the margins.

If you have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, maybe you can lend a hand to those who are struggling.

Feeding America, the West Michigan Food Bank, not only feeds the hungry in our community by supplying local food shelters, they also fill in the gaps for the working poor.

Nearly 1,200 local organizations use Feeding America West Michigan to provide food to an estimated 492,100 people every year. Besides supplying local anti-hunger groups, they also send food directly to people in need through their local Mobile Pantry Program.

How can YOU help? Through donating your time, or your money, you can even run a food drive where you work, or worship. 

For every dollar donated to Feeding America, they can provide 4 meals to people in need. A gift of just $21 can feed a family of four for a week.

15.3 percent of American seniors face the threat of hunger. Through its relationship with Feeding America West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Housing Commission is able to provide food to the roughly 500 seniors who live in Ransom Tower, Leonard Terrace, Mount Mercy, and Sheldon Apartments.

One of Feeding America West Michigan's big fund raising events is the Go Santa Go 5krun, coming up the first week of December in Millienium Park. All participants will receive hats, beards, or shirts. Awards will be given to the best-dressed individuals and groups. Early registration rate available through November 22. Sign up today.