GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan nonprofit working to end child hunger hopes the community can help expand its reach.
Kids’ Food Basket hopes to raise $24,000 during its Day of Giving.
“Each and every day, we wake up with 15 schools on our waiting list just here in Kent County,” founding CEO Bridget Clark Whitney told 24 Hour News 8. “Eleven schools in Muskegon, two schools on a wait list in Holland and all of these schools have over 70 percent of kids living in poverty. So there’s a huge need out there that we’re simply just not able to do that yet.”
Right now, the group serves 8,000 meals a day, which Clark Whitney said only meets 21 percent of the overall need in West Michigan.
Funds raised during Friday’s day-long event will go towards the “Feeding Our Future” campaign. Kids’ Food Basket recently purchased more than 14 acres to expand its headquarters, programming and create an urban farm.
A full list of the events can be found on the Kids’ Food Basket website.