Childhood hunger is an epidemic affecting over 16 million children in this country. That is 1 out of 5 children. Hunger is closely related to food insecurity, or the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.
The need is great. Ionia County has 8,660 food insecure residents. 3,530 are children. Montcalm County has 9,780 food insecure residents. 4,090 are children.
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I’M (Ionia, Montcalm) Kids Feeding Program is only one piece of a larger project to address food insecurities in Ionia and Montcalm counties. This is a peer-to-peer effort by students to address the growing food insecurity crisis affecting the 2 counties by developing environmentally sustainable feeding solutions.
You can become a food packer, a volunteer driver or sack decorator. It only takes one time a month to volunteer and make a difference.
This endeavor will require a lot of community support. The partnership with Feeding America West Michigan allows IM Kids’ 3rd Meal to purchase bulk food quantities for cents on the pound. Personal food donations and community food drives help add much needed support to the program.
Sign up today! Individuals, families and groups are welcome to volunteer. Only a couple hours a day for one day a month. For more information about this program contact IM Kids 3rd Meal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-527-4900.