News Release Contact: Ashley Abbott Bodien
For Immediate Release Phone: 616.235.4532
September 16, 2015 Email: Ashley@kidsfoodbasket.org
Kids’ Food Basket Celebrates
New Holland Location Grand Opening
Holland, MI – Kids’ Food Basket is pleased to announce that it will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with the West Coast Chamber of Commerce, for its new Holland location at Peace Lutheran Church, 389 James St., from 7:30-9:00 a.m., September 23.
Kids’ Food Basket serves nearly 7,000 kids at 38 schools in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. More than 240 volunteers each day help prepare, pack and deliver Sack Suppers, a well-rounded evening meal that provides nutrition critical to the development of the brain and body. Currently, 8,374 children in Ottawa County are living in poverty and may not know where from, or if, they will receive their next dinner. Holland community leaders identified Kids Food Basket as a community based solution to attack childhood hunger in Ottawa County.
“Since launching the satellite location in Holland this past spring, we’ve seen the Holland community do incredible things; chiefly, providing hundreds of kids at two schools with the nutrition they need to learn and live well, every week day,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, Executive Director. “The ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the launch of a new era for Holland.”
Just like in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, our Holland location is fully funded, supported, and driven by the love and passion of a can-do community. “Our goal is to host and empower the community to ensure that every child has access to good nutrition in order for proper brain development. We are honored to call Holland home,” Clark Whitney explained. “There are a variety of socio-economic factors that put kids in the situations where they need these meals. But the one thing we know for sure, kids simply need to get fed every day. It would be irresponsible for us not to grow,”
Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization empowering communities to attack childhood hunger. Through the Sack Supper program, kids get well-balanced evening meals, filling a gap that schools and families often can’t meet.