FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catrina Harvey,
Kids Helping Kids Program Coordinator
Kids’ Food Basket Receives Honor and Award from
Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons
GRAND RAPIDS, Mi. – Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) was one of three recipients recognized by Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons for outstanding volunteerism in the community. Catrina Harvey, program coordinator for the Kids Helping Kids (KHK) program, was presented with an “Impact” award for her dedicated work with KFB, along with a $25,000 grant in Harvey’s honor.
Harvey joined the Kids’ Food Basket staff in 2010 after serving as a long-time volunteer with her children. She created the Kids Helping Kids program, which brings the mission of KFB into area organizations, and involves and encourages youth to get involved by leading projects in their schools, churches, clubs, and teams. Her dedication has also established a Junior Ambassador program which trains middle school and high school students to speak about KFB from a youth perspective, facilitate on and off site projects and lead nutrition lessons in KFB’s service schools.
Bridget Clark Whitney, executive director of Kids’ Food Basket, feels the award and grant are tremendous accolades for what KFB strives to provide, “Our Kids Helping Kids program is just as important as the sack suppers we serve. It allows our youth to see the impact they can make to our organization as well as the children the sack suppers benefit. It is especially incredible when the children we serve have the opportunity to give back through KHK.”
The Come Together Foundation, previously the Pistons-Palace Foundation, collaborates with community organizations to raise awareness and provide financial support in the areas of volunteerism, youth leadership and NBA League sponsored programs. Harvey was recognized as a “Come Together” award winner on Sunday, August 12 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre during the first ever Come Together Celebration featuring Grammy award-winning artist Sheryl Crow and special guest Kid Rock.
Kids’ Food Basket 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 10 years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through a Sack Supper program and now serves over 4,900 kids every school day in Grand Rapids, at local sites through the summer, and just launched a new satellite branch in Muskegon. Kids' Food Basket is the only organization of its kind locally dedicated to attacking childhood hunger. Join us at www.kidsfoodbasket.org.