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Catalyst Radio: Kids Food Basket addressing food insecurity in school-aged youth

Kids Food Basket provides nearly 4,800 youth a take-home dinner each weekday.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Volunteers help prepare nearly 5,000 meals daily for food-insecure youth

Volunteers help prepare nearly 5,000 meals daily for food-insecure youth

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In this edition of Catalyst Radio, we learn what it takes for Kid’s Food Basket to feed nearly 4,800 kids dinner each weekday. Our guests are Christine Lentine, fund development and community outreach manager, and Adrienne Wallace, the manager of volunteer services.

At the Grand Rapids schools served by Kid’s Food Basket, 80 percent or more of the youth are from families that live at or below the poverty line. The nutritious sack suppers provided each weekday help ensure these kids will not go to bed hungry. Lentine and Wallace tell how making and delivering the meals is no small task, however, and food, donations and volunteers are always needed.


Music feature in this episode of Catalyst Radio is by local artist Nicholas James, with the song “If It’s All The Same.” The song appears on the Grand Rapids Compilation 4.0 release.

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