Childhood hunger hurts. You can help.

A Campaign for West Michigan Children

Every day Kids’ Food Basket helps thousands of children thrive by meeting a simple but critical need: the nourishment of an evening meal, made with love. Thousands of young people are waiting for their Sack Supper. They need us, and we need you.

Kent County children are food insecure
are served Sack Suppers
0 %
of food insecure children still need our help

A Place To Grow

Kids’ Food Basket recently secured the purchase of the largest remaining farmland within Grand Rapids city limits. This 14.25-acre property will be the site of our new headquarters—a dynamic space where we can grow to:

Reduce our school waiting list

The 14-acre property will house our warehouse, office and volunteer engagement spaces and allow us to serve up to 15,000 daily nourishing meals throughout Kent County—more than doubling our current capacity over time.

Empower our community

We will be able to accommodate additional volunteers and youth leaders more often, and offer new experiences for community members eager to share their time and passions.

Ensure long-term sustainability

This campaign provides the lasting flexibility needed to continue expanding our services. By putting down roots to grow, we can nourish children to reach their full potential.

Encourage healthy eating and food equity

A portion of this acreage will be used to launch an urban agriculture initiative. This working farm will grow veggies and fruits for our Sack Suppers, teach kids where food comes from, educate caregivers on affordable food resources and help people of all walks of life understand the challenges of hunger.

DTE Energy Foundation is matching up to $100,000 in donations. Make yours count!

Our Three Big Needs

More Students are Hungry

There are 28,700 Kent County children who are food insecure, and we currently serve 6,100—only 21% of the need. These students may not know from where—or if— their next meal will come.

There’s No Room to Grow

Our capacity to serve more children through our Kent county location is capped, and we have run out of space for the volunteers and youth leaders who come to our facility each day. Our space limits our ability to make a bigger impact in our community—we are simply unable to meet the growing demand for our programs.

There’s a Widening Gap

The schools we serve tell us that many students have no understanding of good nutrition or where healthy food comes from. This knowledge gap prevents children from making positive food decisions and building a foundation for lasting wellness. We need to do more for healthy, sustainable solutions to childhood.


Our Impact


Honorary Chair

Hank Meijer

Honorary Chair

Mary K. Hoodhood

Honorary Campaign Cabinet

Chuck & Christine Boelkins
Dave & Karen Custer
George & Susan Heartwell
Mike & Sue Jandernoa
Bill & India Manns
Mick & Lucy McGraw
Juan & Mary Olivarez
Armen Oumedian
Peter & Joan Secchia
David & Carol Van Andel
John & Amanda Wheeler
Ellie Frey Zagel & Chad Zagel

Campaign Co-Chair

Jay Ertl

Campaign Co-Chair

Lorna Shultz

Campaign Co-Chair

Renee Tabben

Campaign Cabinet

Chris Arnold
Bert Bleke
Kyle Caldwell
Cathy Calveneau
Todd and Kortne Custer
Matthew Downey
Brion Doyle
Barb Ertl
Chip George
Max and Jan Gibbs
Kristen Guinn
Betsy Hernandez
Dr. Vas Janardan
Joe and Jessie Jones
Bob Kaser
Scotty Kehoe
Dave and Allison Kinsman
Ray Kisor
Brian and Dana Kraus
John Lowery
Rich MacKeigan
David Madiol
Gwen Moelker
Kyle Van Andel
Marsha Veenstra
Ben and Emily VerWys
Sean Welsh
Jaime and Hillary Westenbarger
Jason Wheeler
Floyd Jr. and Yolanda Wilson
Lynn Yardley

Questions or comments about Feeding Our Future? Contact Ashley Diersch or download our brochure about the Feeding Our Future campaign and share with friends and family!

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