Monday, July 4, 2011

the rundown on Kids' Food Basket

In 2001, the principal of Grand Rapids Public Schools' Straight School, Mary Ann Prisichenko, discovered some of her students digging through dumpsters looking for food. At the time, Mary K. Hoodhood was a volunteer at Meals on Wheels, heard this story and simply had to take action. And so began Kids' Food Basket.

Kids' Food Basket began over eight years ago, and at the time served 125 kids each day through the Sack Supper Program. Now, they serve 3,700 kids each day at 27 different schools by sending them home with a nutritional 1000 calorie meal. This program ensures that lunch is not the last meal of the day. Throughout the summer, the sack suppers are distributed at 15 park sites each week day.

Their Sack Supper Program is ran by volunteers from the community every day, that come together to help the community. FKB also has volunteering and educational programs for the youth to understand the challenges of hunger and give them opportunities to help fellow kids.

This is an awesome organization that is doing really great things in the Grand Rapids area.... and we are going to help them this month! As I mentioned earlier, I am donating my birthday this year and will only be accepting twenty-four (or more, or less) of the following items as birthday gifts:

-Granola Bars
-Cracker Packs
-100% Fruit Juice Boxes
-Individual Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups or Gelatin Cups
-Peanut Butter
-100% Vitamin C Dried Fruit Packs
-Snack size zipper-lock bags
-Sandwich size zipper-lock bags
-Kids size toothbrushes
-Brown or White Paper Lunch Sacks (8lb or extra large)
-Healthy Snack Bags
-Plastic Spoons
-Individual Serving Size Cereal

So get birthday shopping and stay tuned for more details about Kids' Food Basket. OR if you would like to make a financial donation directly to KFB click here.

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!

Be the change. Make the difference.

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