For Immediate Release July 1, 2014
Phone: 616.235.4532
News Release Contact: Ashley Abbott Bodien

Kids’ Food Basket Founder receives Governor’s Service
Lifetime Achievement Award

Grand Rapids, MI – Mary K. Hoodhood, founder of Kids’ Food Basket, received the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism on Monday, June 30 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. 

Hoodhood was chosen from a list of over 160 nominees for The Lifetime Achievement award, the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards recognizing an individual who has shown a lifetime commitment to community involvement and volunteer service. Bridget Clark Whitney, Executive Director of Kids’ Food Basket shares, “Mary K. is not only an amazing asset to Kids’ Food Basket – she is an asset and inspiration for our whole community and state. She is beyond deserving of this award. Her work is a testament to positivity, perseverance, and social justice. We could not be more proud of her and excited for this accomplishment.”

Following a car crash that left her a quadriplegic, Hoodhood dedicated her time volunteering. In 2001, after learning about a school principal finding children digging in the trash for food to take home for supper, Hoodhood founded Kids’ Food Basket, which began serving Sack Suppers to 125 kids in the Grand Rapids area. 

As an active board member and volunteer, Mary K. has and continues to play a critical role in the growth and development of Kids’ Food Basket. 

Today, Kids’ Food Basket serves over 6,300 kids at 32 schools in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. More than 200 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. 

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger to help young people learn and live well. Through the Sack Supper program, kids get well-balanced evening meals, filling a gap that schools and families can’t meet. 


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