FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrew Bixel,
Fund Development and Communications Coordinator
Kids’ Food Basket Launches First Satellite Location
GRAND RAPIDS, MI April 26, 2012- Kids’ Food Basket (KFB), a children’s hunger relief organization based in Grand Rapids, expanded its services to attack childhood hunger in Muskegon County.
On April 23, KFB started providing children, at Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School in the Muskegon Heights district, ages five to eight, the signature nutritious ‘Sack Supper’. As KFB’s work in Grand Rapids grew, serving 35 sites and over 4,800 children daily, the organization became aware of acute needs in neighboring communities. One in four children in Michigan live in food-insecure households (Feeding America Map the Meal Gap, 2011), not knowing where their next meal might come from. Areas like the Muskegon Heights district of Muskegon County experience vast food insecurity of which more than 90% of students live at or near the poverty level (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, 2011); therefore, KFB opened its first Muskegon County satellite and will provide 500 children by fall 2012 with a nutritious Sack Supper. We are packing Sack Suppers at Muskegon Central United Methodist Church and have future plans to expand our program to other area elementary schools with similar needs.
KFB has been working on this project for over a year and has been collaborating with Muskegon County community leaders to implement our Sack Supper program. One of our supporters is United Way of the Lakeshore. As Lisa Tyler, vice president-community impact for United Way of the Lakeshore said, “No one wants to think about a child going home uncertain about what may be for dinner. Our volunteers were also excited to be able to bring something positive to the students in Muskegon Heights. This program has the potential to impact their education and health, which are so key to a child’s success in life. Our focus is on education, income and health, because we know they are the building blocks for a good life. This program addresses all three and we are enthusiastic for it to begin.”
“KFB is excited to be collaborating with the United Way of the Lakeshore, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, and Muskegon Central United Methodist Church to provide Sack Suppers to children at Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School. The dinners we provide will not only be making an impact on the students, but also the future of Muskegon County. The children we provide dinner to today will be the community members of tomorrow so ensuring they receive quality food for proper brain and physical development is essential for community development. This is a great community endeavor and we hope that the Muskegon County community will participate by volunteering, holding a food drive, or supporting KFB’s Campaign for Muskegon County,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, executive director of Kids’ Food Basket.
People can learn more about hosting a food drive, volunteering, or supporting KFB’s Campaign for Muskegon County by visiting www.kidsfoodbasket.org/Muskegon.
For more information about KFB’s Campaign for Muskegon County visit www.kidsfoodbasket.org/Muskegon.
Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) is a Grand Rapids based force for "Attacking Childhood Hunger." Childhood hunger denies dignity, robs kids of their energy, and undermines our community’s stability. The nonprofit began over nine years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through a Sack Supper program and now serves over 4,800 kids every school day, plus thousands more at local sites through the summer in greater Grand Rapids. Kids' Food Basket is the only organization of its kind locally dedicated to attacking childhood hunger. Join the attack at www.kidsfoodbasket.org.