Why Kids’ Food Basket?
Kids’ Food Basket’s strength is built on three distinguishing factors.
We currently serve approximately 8,000 children at 45 locations across three counties, and continue to grow to meet the need. We utilize facilities that are locally funded and operated, helping us maximize impact in the communities we serve.
By providing a direct service to a direct need, children that may lack a nourishing evening meal receive one at the end of each school day, eliminating any barriers to access. These meals are made with love by over 250 daily volunteers. Our dignified response to hunger empowers community-wide action.
Educators regularly share stories of how Kids’ Food Basket positively impacts their schools; academic achievement rises while behavioral problems subside. We are further encouraging positive, long-term changes in the overall health of our community through healthy food access.
Who We Are
Kids’ Food Basket is a grassroots, community solution to childhood hunger. We engage all who care about children reaching their full potential – in school and in life. We began over a decade ago by serving 125 kids each school day through our Sack Supper program and now serve nearly 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.
How We Make a Difference
Lowering the numbers: 1 in 5 Michigan children are affected by hunger and thousands of West Michigan children are food insecure—they can’t count on having access to good, nourishing food every day.
Providing nutrition to fuel healthy development: Consistent, nutritious meals support cognitive development and help children focus by meeting critical health needs with healthy calories can lessen the risk of conditions such as diabetes and obesity, and helping avoid behavioral issues such as irritability, aggression and anxiety.
Breaking the cycle of poverty: Hunger is both a symptom and a cause of poverty—and should not be a barrier to success. Nourished children can perform better in school, which leads to greater academic achievement and more opportunities.
Building strong community: The entire community benefits as the issues caused by childhood hunger are improved and more children learn and live well. Connecting people who have a wide variety of perspectives and experiences harness the power of diversity and help our collective work stay impactful with lasting benefits.
Empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.
Why We Do It
We serve thousands of children—and there are thousands of reasons why. All children deserve good nutrition regardless of their circumstances. Childhood hunger is an issue that weakens our whole community. Ending it is possible only when the effort includes our entire community as well.
Kids’ Food Basket is honored to have received awards that recognize our community’s power to attack childhood hunger.
- Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce “3 Star Recipient” for the 2017 Diversity Visionary Awards
- 2017 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist
- Governor’s Service Award for Volunteer Program of the Year
- Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce EPIC Award for Nonprofit of the Year
- MiBiz’s Best-Managed Nonprofit Award for Excellence in Fundraising