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.
We are so grateful for your help! There are many ways to support Kids’ Food Basket’s emergency relief time. Monetary donations are the best way you can support Kids’ Food Basket and help children and families in the community during this critical time, as it helps us increase our purchasing power to buy healthy food.
Kids’ Food Basket is accepting financial donations in a variety of 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.
For the safety of our staff and volunteers, our physical food donation policy has changed.
Contact-less drop-off hours:
Tuesdays: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Fridays: 9:00am -11:00am
- If you would like to submit a decorated lunch bag, we are still accepting them by mail. You can find our address here.
- Food donations are currently only being accepted at our Kent County location.
- All offsite open food projects (trail mix, popcorn, etc.) are still suspended until further notice.
Temporary wish list:
Fruit cups or applesauce cups
Slim Jims (or similar meat stick)
Brown bags (8 pound, extra-large, or jumbo)
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 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 100 people in outdoor spaces. 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
You are the reason that, as of today, we have been able to make and serve over 216,000 healthy, nourishing, life-giving, and immunity-building meals to children and families in West Michigan during this very difficult time. Thousands of our neighboring families are struggling – lost resources, lost income and the devastating loss of family members. I truly believe that the most important thing we can do during this crisis is make sure every one of our community members has good, healthy food to eat. It is because of you and your commitment to West Michigan children, that Kids’ Food Basket has been able to do this critical work. Our community needs you now more than ever, and with your support, we can respond.
Pre-COVID-19, over 70,000 children in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties, were receiving and depending on free/reduced school meals. Without the consistency and security of this resource, our children are struggling. When most of us think back to our childhoods, we can remember the daily routine and the familiarity of school and food on the table each day. This was not only a necessary aspect of our ability to learn and develop socially, but it was critical to our psychological development.
For our children experiencing the stress and inconsistency that comes along with chronic poverty, school is a safety net; a place of hope, community, and care. My heart breaks for our children who are not only having a disrupted school experience, but who have lost their daily access to food, to friends, to teachers, to consistency, and to safety. When our kids receive a familiar Kids’ Food Basket Sack Supper bag, they feel safe. They feel loved. They feel cared for. Thank you.