How Can Your Students Get Involved

Our Kids Helping Kids program helps kids understand the challenge of hunger and gives them the opportunity to lead projects that benefit fellow kids. This program is available for schools throughout greater Grand Rapids and Muskegon, including those that receive Sack Suppers and those that do not. There are many ways your classroom can get involved:

Decorate Sack Supper bags. We can provide you with blank sacks to decorate, or your class can purchase them.

Write thank you notes. A child’s voice can be one of the most powerful in ending childhood hunger. Teachers have had their students write notes about what Sack Suppers mean to them.

Pack suppers and make sandwiches.
We pack suppers Sunday through Friday and make sandwiches Sunday through Thursday at our facility. Over 250 volunteers are needed every day to make this happen, and it’s a great hands-on learning experience for kids. Please contact us to schedule a time.

Lead a pop can or penny drive. Your classroom or school can raise money to help purchase the food that makes Sack Suppers. There are many creative ways to make this a school learning experience. Please contact us if you have questions or would like some ideas.

Host a project in your classroom. We are happy to bring volunteer projects to your school, such as repacking trail mix. Working together, we’ll mix and portion out small bags of trail mix, which provide a healthy snack in each sack supper. We bring food, supplies, and a project leader from Kids’ Food Basket.

Looking for additional resources? We have service learning lesson plans.

There are a variety of ways to get your students involved, here are just a few lesson plan resources that we found to introduce the gift of giving and serving and help youth understand the importance of civic responsibility. Click below for individual service learning lesson plans.

Alex's Baking Bread for Childhood Hunger. In this lesson, students will learn about the problem of childhood hunger and the needs in their own community (specifically the financial needs of a meal-provision organization). To address these financial needs, students will bake and sell homemade bread to their community in order to raise money to be donated to their local meal-provision organization. 

Raye's My Healthy Plate (two lessons). This lesson introduces children to the reality of childhood hunger in their region. Students learn the difference between companies that are for profit and nonprofit and the types of work they do. Students also identify wants and needs.

Nija's Trail Mix Project. This lesson offers an opportunity for students to make a difference in their community regarding kids hunger. Students give their time to make Trail Mix, which they donate to a local agency (such as Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, MI). Also, students represent collected data using a bar graph and practice communication and letter-writing skills as they reflect and write a letter describing the event of making Trail Mix. 

Elice's Packing a Sack Supper. Through literature and discussion, students recognize that hunger is an issue in their community that they can do something about. Students brainstorm ways they can take action to address the needs of children who are hungry in their community. Students hold a food collection and use math and writing skills to analyze their collection.

Ready to get involved?

Please join us in the attack on childhood hunger! Please contact us if your school does not participate in our Sack Supper program but you would like to learn how it can, or if you are interested in having your class participate in our Kids Helping Kids program.