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Kids Food Basket expands its efforts

Kids Food Basket, a nonprofit for over 10 years in Grand Rapids, expands to ensure lunch is not the last meal of the day for children in Muskegon County.
(YAC) Youth Advisory Council Muskegon County

(YAC) Youth Advisory Council Muskegon County

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By Akilah F.           

Kids Food Basket (KFB), a Grand Rapids nonprofit, is expanding to Muskegon County. KFB is a force for "Attacking Childhood Hunger in greater Grand Rapids, one sack supper at a time!" They began over 10 years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through their Sack Supper program and now serves over 4,900 kids each school day during this past year. KFB not only serves kids directly but also creates an engine for volunteers to empower kids to help each other through the Kids Helping Kids program.

Recently Kids Food Basket imagined to expand their organization and that they did. July 10 2012 Grand Rapids coordinators teamed up with Youth Advisory Council in Muskegon County, to begin Hand making sandwiches for the first time in Muskegon that will added to additional sack suppers and distributed to MLK Elementary school. "I love knowing I’m helping a good cause to help my community," words from youth volunteer.

‘’We are thrilled to have the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from the Community Foundation for Muskegon come and see what Kids' Food Basket is all about. KFB members/volunteers are extremely lucky to have received financial support from the (YAC) and having the group come out and see the process of how Sack Suppers are assembled is really giving them a chance to see how their decision to fund the program is impacting the community," says Sara Stachon Durham, Special Projects Manager.

As Kids Food Basket continues to serve over four thousand kids in the greater Grand Rapids, Muskegon charts began to build. Partners include United Way of the Lakeshore, Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and plan to extend. KFB members are excited to engage Muskegon County community members in food drives, packing and delivery of Sack Suppers, and more. If you are interested in learning more or interested in volunteering please visit their website.

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