GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Across the nation Saturday, volunteers rallied around local charities and community service centers for the annual Make a Difference Day.
In Grand Rapids, families packed healthy snacks in kid-friendly decorated bags for Kids' Food Basket. The non-profit organization works to reduce childhood hunger by feeding 7,500 children daily with nutritional sack suppers.
"We know that children who are facing poverty face so many barriers," said Bridget Clark Whitney, executive director of Kids' Food Basket. "At Kids' Food Basket with our healthy nourishing meals, we're eliminating such a critical barrier."
Approximately one in five Michigan children are affected by hunger. Kids' Food Basket serves Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
Volunteers packaged celery sticks and peanut butter into bags, while others dropped off brown paper bags decorated with drawings and funny jokes.
Members of the WZZM 13 family are proud to help the efforts with Kids' Food Basket by joining them on Make a Difference Day.
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