The hunger epidemic in our community never takes a break. Right now there are thousands of kids in West Michigan who are living in food insecure homes. A brand new feeding program is helping to service these children in Ionia and Montcalm counties. The program is IM Kids Food, headed up by the Ionia and Montcalm Intermediate School District, and supports the mission of ending the childhood hunger epidemic affecting our community.
There are currently 16-million children who are affected by childhood hunger in this country. In this community, Ionia County has 8,660 food insecure residents. Among that number is 3,530 are children. Montcalm county has 9,780 food insecure resident with 4,090 children affected.
Here’s how you can help!
IM Kids Feeding Program is is committed to providing sack suppers to children in need which have approximately 1000 calories across all major food groups, ready to consume five nights a week. With the partnership of Feeding America West Michigan, I’M Kids Feeding Program is able to purchase bulk food quantities for cents on the pound.
The mission is to provide 500 meals per day for children in Montcalm and Ionia counties. Here’s a list of items that I’M Kids Feeding Program is in need of. To donate these items, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-527-4900.
Food Wish List Items:
100% Fruit Juice Boxes
Individual Cereal Packs
Paper Lunch Sacks
I’M Kids Feeding Program is also seeking groups of 5-10 people who can volunteer one day a month. For more information on how you can help call 616-527-4900.
Volunteers can sign up for one or more of the following shifts.
Morning Prep 9:00am11:00am
Lunch Prep 11:00am-3:00pm
Afternoon Clean Up 3:00-5:00pm
Evening Prep 5:00pm-7:00pm