Board Members & History

Kids’ Food Basket Board

Board Chair

President
Brian Kraus, Amway

Vice President
Danielle Williams, DMWilliams Consulting

Treasurer / Chief Financial Officer
Paula Schuiteman-Bishop, Spectrum Health

Secretary
Jon Siebers, Rhoades McKee

Founder
Mary K. Hoodhood

Board Members

Kyle Caldwell, Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Mario Cascante, Luna Restaurant Group
Mary Command, Williams Group
Jerry Johnson, Grand Valley State University
Bob Kaser, Grand Rapids Griffins
Bill McGee, Huntington Bank
Will Osmun, Grand Rapids Urban League
Keith Rothstein, Meijer

Muskegon Advisory Board

Lisa Tyler – Chair
Rodney Savage –Vice Chair
Will Osmun
Cathleen Dubault
Linda Vines
Trynette Lottie-Harps
Sherry Torz
Brent Warren
Gary Allore
Tony Laskowicz
Mike Poulin
Sarah Smith

Holland Advisory Board

Scott Brooks
Adriana Binaku
Sue Franz
Collen Hill
Anne Porter
Deb Ralya
Carolyn Stich
Penny Shuff
Lisa Uganski
Cindi Welton
Kellee Kortes
Anne Nemschoff
Nathaniel Volkema
Keith Rothstein
Daniel Sorek

Committees

Ambassador Committee

The Ambassador Committee is a great leadership volunteer opportunity that came about in response to the growth Kids’ Food Basket was experiencing with outreach requests in our community. This committee has played a critical role in the development of new relationships in the community, while helping to steward those relationships that already exist. Our hope is by creating a select group of individuals to serve as a link between Kids’ Food Basket and the community; together we can increase awareness of childhood hunger, enhance resources and foster community stewardship.

To inquire for Grand Rapids, contact Tarah@kidsfoodbasket.org, for Muskegon, contact Stephanie.Kerr.Cathey@kidsfoodbasket.org, and for Holland contact Kim.Magoon@kidsfoodbasket.org.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

By uniting people of all backgrounds and abilities, we foster a culture of belonging where diverse perspectives shape our work.

Contact brandy@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Family and School Community Advocates Committee

This committee seeks to create and foster deeper relationships with schools, families, and children we serve. Committee members will be trained in KFB’s equity, diversity, and inclusion messaging and will represent KFB in the communities we serve.

Contact julie@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee provides review and approval of the financials, annual budget and the external audit. The Committee also provides financial planning and brings financial or ethical concerns to the Board of Directors.

Contact christine@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Fund Development Committee

Collaborates with Kids’ Food Basket Development staff to engage new potential financial donors with the mission of Kids’ Food Basket.

Contact ashleyd@kidsfoodbasket.org or afton@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Holland Advisory Board

Community based leadership council that provides valuable insight and advice to staff, advocates for the mission through outreach, volunteer generation and fundraising. Assist staff with stewardship of volunteers and donors.

Contact Kim Magoon to inquire.

Kids Helping Kids Leadership Committee

Committee members will act as a liaison between schools, faith communities, and the community at large, sharing the mission of Kids’ Food Basket and encouraging engagement and support in both donor and volunteer based activities.

Contact julie@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Muskegon Advisory Board

Community based leadership council that provides valuable insight and advice to staff, advocates for the mission through outreach, volunteer generation and fundraising.

Contact Stephanie Kerr Cathey to inquire.

Process Improvement Committee (LEAN)

Review processes within all three Kids’ Food Basket locations and apply improvement methods to eliminate waste in activities and streamline processes.

Contact jane@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Procurement Committee

The Procurement Committee is continuously seeking vendor diversification and alternative food sources to provide nutritious foods for the Sack Supper program. This committee also focuses on driving down the cost of existing non-food items.

Contact jane@kidsfoodbasket.org to inquire.

Our Founder

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In 2001, Mary K. Hoodhood first heard from a Grand Rapids Public School principal who witnessed some of her students digging through the trash for food to take home for dinner.

“I’m thinking, ‘What is going on? If these kids aren’t being fed, we need to call child protective services,'” Hoodhood recalls. “Then I find out it’s not abuse or neglect. It’s parents who have no money for food.

“I thought, ‘We gotta feed these kids.'”

In response to the story, Hoodhood, a long-time advocate, set into motion a community response that endures today: Kids’ Food Basket.

Before Kids’ Food Basket, Hoodhood spent more than 20 years with God’s Kitchen, first as a volunteer, then as an employee, coordinating drivers for the Meals on Wheels program and instituting several other programs to help people in need, from grocery deliveries for those with disabilities to nursing visits for shut-ins.

She also has a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree in social work and specialized in program development.

Read more about our founder.

Growing Together

A grassroots nonprofit organization, Kids’ Food Basket began in 2002 by serving 125 kids every weekday at three schools through our Sack Supper program. Sack Suppers provide a well-rounded nutritious evening meal for children who might otherwise go without.

Through the can-do spirit of West Michigan, the concept caught on. An average of 250 local volunteers come together to feed children affected by hunger each day.

Today, our organization now serves nearly 8,000 kids at 45 sites in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

See more about our future.

Our History

2002

Kids’ Food Basket began serving 125 meals at three schools in Grand Rapids in response to an unmet need. The organization was founded to provide a direct service – nutritious, ready-to-eat meals – to the 1 in 5 local children affected by hunger.

2005

Kids’ Food Basket made its first major move from Monroe Ave to Butterworth Street, and, with a larger space, began serving more children.

2009

With the help of LEAN experts and many passionate community members, Kids’ Food Basket grew to serve over 2,500 students a day, a 1900% increase.

2010

What a big year! Kids’ Food Basket moved its headquarters to its current rented property at 2055 Oak Industrial Drive, met President Obama to accept an award for our founder, Mary K. Hoodhood, and won the Governor’s Service Award for Volunteer Program of the year!

2012

Kids’ Food Basket opened our first satellite location, growing our attack on childhood hunger to the Muskegon community!

2014

Thanks to our community, Kids’ Food Basket won two big awards: Grand Rapids’ Area Chamber of Commerce EPIC Award for Nonprofit of the Year and MiBiz’s Best Managed Nonprofit Award for Excellence in Fundraising.

2015

Kids’ Food Basket opened our newest satellite location in Holland, bringing our community-wide attack on childhood hunger to a third West Michigan county!

2016

We announced our new strategic plan and celebrated the milestone of serving over 1,000,000 meals in one school year in West Michigan!

2017

We began the Feeding Our Future campaign to raise funds for our new headquarters to expand our services and launch the Urban Farm program.

2018

We launched our brand new website!

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