Welcome to Grand Rapids!
Kids' Food Basket helps children get nourished to be their best, in school and in life.Through the Sack Supper program, kids receive nutritionally balanced meals, filling a gap that schools and parents often cannot afford to meet. We began serving 125 kids with these evening meals, and in one decade we have grown to serve over 6,000 kids at 35 elementary schools in greater Grand Rapids.
Childhood hunger affects the whole community - and the whole community is a part of the solution. Here are a few ways you can join the attack in Grand Rapids!
4 Ways to Join the Attack!
- Volunteer! It takes many hands to prepare, pack and deliver over 6,000 meals each weekday. Click here, to learn how you can join the attack too!
- Drive. Sack Suppers are distributed within the classrooms, and we need your help each week, getting them there. We are currently looking for drivers to donate less than one hour of their time to deliver Sack Suppers. Email Carly@kidsfoodbasket.org for more information.
- Host a fundraiser or wish list drive. Coordinate a fundraiser or Wish List drive with your business, school, or faith community. Click here to find a variety of tools allowing you to use your strengths to raise awareness and funds while strengthening the attack on childhood hunger.
- Share. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter and spread the word -- more awareness will help us, as we attack childhood hunger!
What motivates us? 1 in 5 Michigan kids experiences hunger each day, and 25,370 Kent County kids are food insecure. A lack of consistent nutritious food limits cognitive development and leaves kids unable to concentrate in schools.
Where do we serve? Currently, Kids' Food Basket serves 35 elementary schools in Grand Rapids. There are 17 schools on the waiting list. With your help, we can turn these schools into Sack Supper recipients and continue the attack. Visit our Mapping Hunger chart to see where hunger exists in our community.
Improving and growing locally. We work for the day when every hungry child in West Michigan is fed. With the support of the community, we will expand our methods and practices to serve more daily meals in Grand Rapids. Funding for our Grand Rapids Sack Supper program is entirely through the Grand Rapids community.
We are fueling a movement beyond Kent County. In 2012, Kids' Food Basket introduced our first satellite location in Muskegon. To learn more about our Muskegon Sack Supper program, click here. We also launched our second satellite location in the spring of 2015 in Holland. To learn more about our Holland Sack Supper program, click here.