A lot happened at Kids' Food Basket in 2015! We are so excited to see the amazing growth and impact made right here in West Michigan. Let us share with you some of the highlights:
1. Opening Kids' Food Basket Holland
We are overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation Kids' Food Basket friends! Thank you for playing a part in celebrating our Holland Grand Opening today. Special thanks in particular to Peace Lutheran Church for graciously sharing their space, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area for helping introduce Sack Supper program to Holland, media partners for helping spread the word and all those who attended to share in the fun. We are humbled and inspired by your commitment and excited to call Holland home!
Posted by Kids' Food Basket on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
With the help of the Holland community, Kids’ Food Basket introduced our Sack Supper program at Holland Heights K-7 and Woodside Elementary in May of 2015, where we now serve around 500 students each week day!
2. Taking Nelson Elementary off of the wait list in Muskegon
The Muskegon community committed to removing Nelson Elementary from the waiting list in Muskegon, and they did it! October 19 marked the first day of service at Nelson and our hearts are bursting with joy knowing that more kids in West Michigan have the nutrition they need to thrive.
3. Go Orange Day
Our goal with Go Orange Day has always been to simply raise awareness for the 1 in 5 kids affected by hunger through the power of orange, the national color of childhood hunger awareness. This year, each and every one of you - individuals, families, friends and business - have gone above and beyond what we ever imagined. Kids' Food Basket friends, you have proven that together we are a community solution to a community problem! Thank you for your bright smiles, for wearing orange, decorating bags and your immense generosity. YOU provide a touch of love with every Sack Supper! YOU are Kids' Food Basket!
4. Feast for Kids
Feast for Kids engaged all who care about children reaching their full potential – in school and in life.
Together, YOU helped us raise an amazing total of $98,250! A huge thank you to the American Culinary Federation Greater Grand Rapids for your commitment to attacking childhood hunger and hosting this special event. A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Fifth Third Bank and our facility hosts Noto's. We far surpassed our goal, and we couldn't have done this without your support!
5. Introduction of new foods to the Sack Supper
The Sack Supper has undergone some changes this past year! At Kids' Food Basket we are always looking to improve the nutritional value of our meals as well as providing something the children can look forward to! This year, we have introduced cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, grapes and hard boiled eggs on a consistent basis. We have been hearing some very positive feedback from the kids.
6. Brown Bag Decorating Day
We had another record breaking year when it came to Brown Bag Decorating Day! YOU decorated 60,524 bags providing the touch of love every child deserves.
7. Giving Tuesday
West Michigan friends, you made a tremendous stand against childhood hunger on #GivingTuesday. Led by an $8,300 staff match, together as a community we raised over $70,000 for Kids’ Food Basket! Make sure you watch our staff video thanking YOU for your impact!
Posted by Kids' Food Basket on Friday, December 4, 2015
West Michigan friends, you made a tremendous stand against childhood hunger on #GivingTuesday. Led by an $8,300 staff match, together as a community we raised over $70,000 for Kids’ Food Basket! What does $70,000 do? It’s enough to sponsor 2 of our 39 service schools for an entire school year and summer! With 23 schools on our immediate waiting list in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland, our work has just begun with #GivingTuesday.
8. Consistently feeding nearly 7,500 kids in our West Michigan Community every weekday
We couldn't do it without YOU! Your generosity of your time, talent and treasure are what keeps us moving forward. It is what allows us to open a new location in Holland, take a school off of our waiting list in Muskegon and break numerous records from Brown Bag Decorating Day to Giving Tuesday. Thank you for all you do to attack childhood hunger. We are so excited to spend 2016 with you!