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Emergency Response

For 18 years, West Michigan has relied on Kids’ Food Basket to show up when our kids and families needed us most. Now, because local children no longer have the guaranteed easy access to the safety net of school and school meals, we are needed more than ever. From day one of the school closures, Kids’ Food Basket has been on the front line. This is who we are. This is what we do. A virus cannot and will not stop the pressing problem of hunger.

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Donate

Help us nourish kids and families in our community. A gift of $50 will provide seven families with our meal bags. Menus will change daily and could include but is not limited to oatmeal, fruit, trail mix, meat sticks, pudding, cereal, granola bars, etc.

Kids’ Food Basket is accepting donations in three ways:

-Make a gift on our website here

-Text to Give: Text KFB to 56651 and make your gift.

-Raise money for Kids’ Food Basket: We are looking for friends to join us in raising money for our emergency food distribution.

Create your own fundraising page, send out to your network asking your friends and family to help us raise critical funds.

Create your page here.

Note: Fore the safety of our staff and volunteers, we have put a hold on physical food donations. If you would like to decorate a decorated lunch bag, please send them to us by mail. You can find our address here.

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Volunteer

We have been amazed by the outpouring of support and generosity from our community. Thanks to every single person who has reached out to Kids’ Food Basket with a kind heart and wiliness to serve our kids. As a result of this amazing response, all of our volunteer shifts are full and we have sufficient backup on standby for the foreseeable future. However, please check our Emergency Response page often as our needs may change.

Our regional teams have moved their packing sessions to our Grand Rapids facility so that we can centralize procurement, packing, and initial distribution. We will continue to provide food to all four of the counties that we serve.
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Distribution

As is in alignment with our mission, we have prioritized distribution of food to schools first.

On days when we have excess meals: we will work with organizations that are connected to vulnerable communities and have the staffing to distribute food directly to them. Our staff and volunteers are able make, pack, and distribute the meals in bulk to locations that have the capacity to distribute directly to those in need.This is a very fluid situation and that we are working to get as much food out into the community as possible each day. Our partner organizations will be distributing Kids’ Food Basket food to individuals and families identified as high need.  As health and safety are our top priorities, we cannot publicize our distribution sites which could cause greater risk in congregating groups of larger than 10 people. If you are in need of resources, dial “211” for the most up to date information.

Our West Michigan team is monitoring the situation hour by hour and day to day.

A Statement From Our President and Founding CEO

On March 18, we began limiting on-site volunteer opportunities to 2 three-hour shifts per day with a total of 15 volunteers per shift who could commit to that shift all week long. This modification allowed us to pack and distribute a large number of meals while limiting exposure to our staff, volunteers and the building.

In addition, our regional teams moved their packing sessions to our Grand Rapids facility so that we could centralize procurement, packing and initial distribution to continue to provide food to all four of the counties that we serve.

Since that change, the State of Michigan has mandated a stay-at-home order until April 13. With this directive, the number of volunteers began to diminish.

As the health and safety of our volunteers and staff are always front and center of our decision making, we have decided to suspend on-site volunteer opportunities until April 13. Kids’ Food Basket staff will continue to prepare, pack and distribute meals to reduce the risk to our volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

We are tremendously grateful to all of you for the outpouring of support and love. Most importantly, we need you and your loved ones to stay healthy because we are going to continue to need you in the future.

Please know, there is still so much you can do to support our children during this crisis. Monetary resources are critical, please consider Text to Give. Text “KFB” to 56651 and know that every one of your dollars will be going toward nourishing our community.

In addition, you can support our kids and community right from the safety of your home! Please share our information via social media to help spread the word or decorating brown bags for Sack Suppers is a great family-friendly activity to do that is so appreciated.

We are confident that this revised plan will be an effective, efficient and safe way to distribute healthy food to our community during this time of crisis. Your ongoing support make it possible for Kids’ Food Basket to serve our communities’ most vulnerable. Together, we will get through this, and together we will move forward.

To read more about the work being done by Kids’ Food Basket during this time, please visit our website regularly.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to: alyson.ramirez@kidsfoodbasket.org

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