Who we are
Kids’ Food Basket a non profit organization, is a force for "Attacking Childhood Hunger in greater Grand Rapids." Our mission is to ensure children in our community do not go to bed hungry. We began over nine years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through our Sack Supper program and now serve nearly 5,000 kids each day. Sack Suppers are evening meals that provide 1000 calories and five food groups—nutrition that’s critical to the development of kids’ brains and bodies. Watch a video about Kids' Food Basket fight against childhood hunger.
With these evening meals, we attack childhood hunger by:
- Serving kids directly. Sack Suppers are distributed within classrooms or at local parks, meaning every child who needs one can get one easily and safely.
- Creating an engine for volunteering. Our work is driven by the love and support of our community, with over 175 volunteers packing and delivering sack suppers every day. Many more lead juice box and snack drives and fund drives.
- Empowering kids to help each other. Through volunteering and educational programs, we help kids understand hunger and lead projects to end it. Over 25% of hours volunteered come from youth under age 18.
- Learn More
Meet our founder, Mary K. Hoodhood, and learn how Kids' Food Basket began. Meet our staff and board -- we are a small team that is supported by hundreds of volunteers every day! It is only with the support of the greater Grand Rapids community that Kids' Food Basket has been able to serve so many kids in such a short period of time. Will you join us in the attack on childhood hunger?