Ford airport collecting pre-security change for nonprofit


Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by six passenger airlines with 120 daily non-stop flights to and from 26 major market destinations. Courtesy Ford airport

Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport can now donate their loose change before passing through security.

The money collected in new coin donation containers posted at the screening lines will be matched by Grand Rapids-based Lake Michigan Credit Union and sent to Mel Trotter Ministries, a downtown Grand Rapids nonprofit serving those experiencing hunger and homelessness.

The airport installed the containers to expedite the security screening process, while also supporting a cause in West Michigan.

The airport’s board members were among the first to drop in coins as a part of the airport’s new program, For GRReat Change.

Ford airport is unveiling the new containers before fall flights, a crucial time for Mel Trotter to prepare for the holidays.

“We are always exploring unique ways to partner with individuals and organizations in West Michigan, and this coin container project is another example of how together we can make a greater impact,” said Abbey Sladick, VP of communication, Mel Trotter.

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