GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After all the winter weather over the last few weeks, the shelves at Kids' Food Basket in Grand Rapids needs to restock.   

“Yes, we do need help,” said Kids' Food Basket founder Bridget Clark Whitney.

When the school cafeterias closed, and local food pantries shut down, Kids' Food Basket stayed open. Students were not getting the free or reduced rate lunch at school, but Kids' Food Basket provided a sack supper for thousands of hungry children in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties.  

“We served over 9,250 meals of emergency food provisions in three days,” said Clark Whitney. “We knew we needed to mobilize.”

And now the staff says they need to restock their shelves.  

“We did empty out a majority of our warehouse,” says Clark Whitney. “We did deplete many of our resources. Now we are a point where we need our partnerships.”

Individuals and groups can partner with Kids' Food Basket by holding fund drives, making a charitable donation or volunteering time and labor. 

“We are serving 8,000 kids every single day,” said Clark Whitney. “Bananas and grapes and pears, carrots and sunflowers seeds and cheese sticks and fruit cups. Food that is healthy for kids. We need volunteers all year round.”

For more information visit Kids' Food Basket's website

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