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"Our students can start the day focused on learning instead of hunger."- Corene, Kindergarten Teacher at Woodside Elementary

Ottawa + Allegan

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 8,800 every day, but our work is not done.

We work for the day when every child is nourished. In May of 2015, we introduced our organization’s model in Holland to serve more meals and reach more children in need. With the help and support of the Holland community, we have continued to grow and are now reaching 1,100 children at seven schools. The Kids’ Food Basket Ottawa + Allegan Program is fully funded and supported by the Ottawa+ Allegan communities. Learn more about our Grand Rapids and Muskegon locations.

Phone: 616.796.8471

Address:

652 Hastings Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

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A Campaign for West Michigan Children

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Mapping Hunger

OTTAWA + ALLEGAN BY THE NUMBERS

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Ottawa County receiving free/reduced meals
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children currently served daily
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schools currently serving
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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!

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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!

get-started

“Over 70% of our students currently qualify for free or reduced lunch.”

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Local Partners

Local Partners

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.

Our Impact

Fueling Success Fueling Success Over a decade ago, Sibley Elementary was labeled by the state as a failing school. Today, the school is thriving. Scores are higher, and truancy has dropped. Kids’ Food Basket Sack Suppers were a key factor enabling students to focus on school, not hunger, and ensuring they have proper nutrition for brain development. Extra Ketchup Extra Ketchup Every day at school, Katie took a few ketchup packets from the lunchroom. When asked by a teacher why she does this, she shared, “When my grandma and I get enough packets, we make tomato soup.” How can Katie reach her potential without consistent, nutritious meals? On the Rise On the Rise Mr. Hurt, the Principal at Edgewood Elementary School, shared with us that his students increased their MEAP scores by 21%. Significant progress has been made, and with conviction, he is “110% sure that the Sack Supper Program contributed to the increase in the test scores."

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Barber Ford
Brian Alexander Studio, LLC
BuhlerPrince Inc.
Central Park Reformed Church
Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt
Disher Design
Distinctive MFG Group
Eastbrook Homes Inc.
Evoqua Water Technologies
Fellowship Reformed Church
First Presbyterian Church
First United Methodist Church of Holland
Hope College
Lowes
Lugers Family Foundation
Mead Johnson
MKS Wealth Advisors of Raymond James
Sekisui Polymer Innovations
Simple Living Design
Walmart Foundation
Zeeland Farm Services, Inc.

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