One in four Michigan children goes hungry every day, and Kids’ Food Basket is working to change that. We attack childhood hunger by providing nutritious evening meals to kids and engaging our community through volunteering and education.
Kids’ Food Basket is the only organization in greater Grand Rapids focused solely on childhood hunger. We work to end it using an approach that:
Serves kids directly. During the school year, Sack Suppers are distributed within the classroom, to ensure every student who needs one can easily get one. During the summer, Sack Suppers are distributed at 15 park sites each weekday. Our Sack Suppers fill a gap that schools and parents often cannot afford, in a way that is accessible and safe for kids.
Creates an engine for volunteering. Each day, over 150 volunteers prepare and deliver Sack Suppers in our building, as part of our team.
Empowers kids to help each other. Through volunteering and educational programs, we help kids understand the challenges of hunger and give them the opportunity to lead projects that benefit fellow kids. Over 25% of hours volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket come from youth under age 18.
Each Sack Supper is powered by the love and support of our community. By partnering with individuals, families, businesses, food resources, other nonprofits, schools and teachers, Kids' Food Basket helps ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for more than 4,800 kids. Learn more about our Sack Supper program, or find out how we engage youth through our Kids Helping Kids program.
John Knox Food Pantry-
Food Pantry: JKPC has made a significant commitment to feeding the hungry! For more than 20 years we have operated a community food pantry. Today, in partnership with Access Food Pantries we provide groceries and more for up to 60 people a day, three days a week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 10am until 2pm). For more information contact our director Michael Merren at 455-9411.
In the Image
In The Image links gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and appliances with families in need in a manner that:
Encourages participation and builds a community of diversity
In The Image is an independent, faith-based, ecumenical 501(c)(3) non-profit, organization.