10 Ideas for Giving

There are many ways to donate a combination of money, food and time to Kids’ Food Basket—and each contribution adds up! Through a range of giving opportunities, it’s easy for your organization to help kids receive the nutrition they need each day. Use one of these ideas, or come up with a new one!

1. Shop and Share

Shop and Shares are easy ways for businesses to give back—while getting their patrons involved too! They can take many different forms, like donating a percentage of a day’s profit or encouraging customers to make a personal contribution.

Southland Auto Wash offers customers the option to “round up” their bills by 1 cent, donating to Kids’ Food Basket year-round.

2. Employer Match

By matching employee contributions, businesses can effectively double their total impact while encouraging their members to give.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation matches employee donations dollar for dollar, to help their giving grow.

3. Charitable Gift

A gift to a nonprofit is a great way for an organization to commemorate a milestone and show the commitment it has to the community.

Kersktra Precast gave away $50,000 to local organizations in honor of their 50th anniversary. Through an internal poll, employees voted for the final $10,000 to be given to Kids’ Food Basket.

4. Holiday Cards

During the holiday season, Kids’ Food Basket offers festive cards that organizations can purchase to provide Sack Suppers for children.

Bruce Pienton, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor buys cards for his clients in lieu of gifts each year, making a donation in their honor to help kids who may otherwise go hungry.

5. Social Media Movement

Social media can spread the word on the good your organization is doing and inspire further giving.

When Grand Rapids Label was looking to increase their social media presence on Facebook, they donated $1.00 to Kids’ Food Basket for every “like” they received.

6. Jeans Day

Internal events or themed days build interest to get organization members active and enthused about supporting a worthy cause.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce invited staff to wear jeans on a Friday for a $5.00 donation to Kids’ Food Basket.

7. Trail Mix Project

Trail mix is one of the healthy foods in our Sack Suppers—and making it is a fun project for a big group!

Steelcase sponsored a “trail mix day” for the company young professionals, picking up ingredients and bags, packing individual portions and delivering them to Kids’ Food Basket.

8. Day of Drivers

Drivers deliver Sack Suppers to Kids’ Food Basket distribution sites, ensuring they are safely placed in the hands of kids who need them.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car employees gather for a day each December to deliver special Break Bags (filled with non-perishable food items) to our service sites, before kids leave for a long holiday break.

9. Wish List Campaign

The Kids’ Food Basket Wish List is a great tool to help identify and donate the Sack Supper supplies that we need and use on a daily basis.

Kent District Library chose Kids’ Food Basket as one of their quarterly charities, engaging patrons to bring items on the Kids’ Food Basket Wish List to all locations.

10. Fill–a–Bag

By making it easy for organization members to purchase items for Sack Suppers from the grocery store, they feel more connected to the children they are supporting.

Northwestern Mutual provided reusable grocery bags to their employees throughout the year, inviting them to “fill–a–bag” with items from the Kids’ Food Basket Wish List.

In reality, there are unlimited ways to give—and if you’re dreaming one up, we would love to hear about it!
Please contact ashleyd@kidsfoodbasket.org or 616-235-4532 to coordinate giving opportunities within your organization.

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