Why We're Here
Childhood hunger denies dignity, robs kids of their energy, and undermines our community’s stability. The mission of Kids' Food Basket is critical because:
- More kids are experiencing poverty. Today, 36,860 children living in Kent County are food insecure. From 2000 to 2008, Grand Rapids had the largest spike in poverty among any US city at 8.9%, meaning that more children are at risk of becoming food insecure.
- Nutrition is the basis of brain development. The kids we serve today will lead our community tomorrow. We provide them with an important tool—a nutritious meal—to ensure they become healthy, self-sufficient adults.
- Childhood hunger is a national priority that must be addressed at the grassroots. President Obama has pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015. Through Kids’ Food Basket, we can be aggressive in making this a reality for children in Kent County.
Kids' Food Basket is the only organization in greater Grand Rapids dedicated to attacking childhood hunger. We currently provide Sack Suppers to nearly 5,000 kids every day during the school year, plus hundreds more at local sites in the summer.
The schools we serve have a student population in which 80% or more of students live at or near the poverty level. Even with this requirement, we currently serve 38 sites, and there is consistent demand for our services. We have a number of schools on our waiting list at any given time.
Sack Suppers are a critical victory in the attack on childhood hunger. We know this not just because of the numbers, but because we hear it from the kids! Click here to see some of the thank you notes and drawings they have sent us over the years.
Looking for more information on hunger issues? We regularly watch for the latest news and statistics, and we have posted links and studies. We will also share these via our e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to stay connected with us!
Ready to join the attack?
It will take the support of many community members to end childhood hunger! There are so many ways you can join our work. Consider getting involved as a volunteer, providing items on our wish list, or making an online donation. With your help, we can ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for our community's kids!