“I’m only one person, but you make a difference to me.”- Lewis, 5th Grader from East Leonard

Grand Rapids

In 2001, a Grand Rapids Public School principal witnessed some of her students digging through the trash for food to take home for dinner. Mary K. Hoodhood, a long-time advocate, heard this story and set into motion a grassroots community response: Kids’ Food Basket. In 2002, we started by serving 125 kids every weekday at three schools through our Sack Supper program. Today, we serve nearly 8,000 every day, but our work is not done.

We work for the day when every child is nourished. That is why we continue to replicate our unique model beyond our local footprint, expanding our methods and practices to serve more daily meals at our Kent County flagship location. Through continued growth of our existing satellites and developing new locations, we can continue to serve more meals and reach more children in need. The Kids’ Food Basket Grand Rapids Program is fully funded and supported by the Grand Rapids community. Learn more about our Muskegon and Holland locations.


A Campaign for West Michigan Children


Mapping Hunger


Kent County children receiving free and/or reduced meals
children currently served daily
schools currently serving
schools on waiting list

Your Community’s Children Need You

There is nothing fun about childhood hunger, but changing the world can be fun! Jump in with Kids’ Food Basket and find out how you can start making the world a better place today!


“When they have a Sack Supper that they can count on every night, isn’t that right?”

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Upcoming Events

Perrin Ice Jam

January 26, 2019

Go Orange Day

March 22, 2019

Kids’ Food Basket is a community solution to childhood hunger. Kids’ Food Basket engages all who care about children reaching their full potential – in school and in life. We attack childhood hunger through an innovative, multi-faceted approach. Learn about our programs here.

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