Kid’s Food Basket
Pre-COVID-19, Kids’ Food Basket served over 8,800 kids at 52 schools where 70% or more of the student population receive free or reduced-cost meals in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties. The COVID-19 crisis has escalated the need for access to consistent, healthy meals. Since day one of the school closures in March due to the current COVID-19 crisis, Kids’ Food Basket has been on the front lines to respond with an emergency food provision strategy for the four counties we serve. Over 479,000 healthy emergency meals have been served to 70 distribution sites throughout this pandemic. The emergency meals were distributed to organizations, schools and churches located in densely populated areas serving low-income families or individuals identified as high need. A virus cannot and will not stop hunger. While the school experience has been disrupted for children in our community, Kids’ Food Basket has partnered with many local organizations to ensure that nutrition experiences are not disrupted. It is through community support that Kids’ Food Basket can continue showing up for our most vulnerable children and neighbors. With the uncertainties of the new school year, the generosity of West Michigan allows us to provide a bit of certainty – healthy meals for our children.