GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-IM Kids 3rd Meal has partnered with many local businesses and organizations for Hunger Action Month. One of the largest fundraisers planned was a Pig Roast celebrating WION’s 10 year anniversary which was hosted by the Ionia Moose Lodge. The weather was beautiful for this day of family fun with activities including a bounce house, face painting, washer toss, and dunk tank taking place outside. Inside with all the food there was live music, auctions and raffles, and a Child ID Station.
The Moose Lodge also entertained some special guests with a group of youth from Mooseheart! Mooseheart is a residential childcare campus for children and teens in need. Dedicated in July 1913, Mooseheart cares for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons, to care for them. Members of the Ionia Moose Lodge are very passionate about working together to help support and care for youth, which is one of the reasons they wanted to host the pig roast to help feed local youth in need right here in their community.
AmeriCorps VISTA Members from the Ionia County International School District and several volunteers involved with IM Kids 3rd Meal set up the children’s area outside and the silent auction area inside and collected all the donations that were coming in. Moose members made all the delicious food that was enjoyed and wonderful baked goods for the live auction with pies and plates of cookies selling for $40-50 each. WION Supporters also set up a special Anniversary table with food from the Lamplight Grill and yummy, musical cupcakes for all to enjoy. Some brave Ionia Moose Members also donated their time sitting in the dunk tank providing fun and entertainment for all ages.
IM Kids 3rd Meal would like to thank all those who lent a hand, donated items, or stopped out to join in the fun. The event raised $3,500 for Hunger Action Month. The donated funds will help to purchase food and supplies needed to prepare 3rd Meals for local elementary students.
If you would like to learn more about IM Kids 3rd Meal or other activities for Hunger Action Month please visit our website at http://www.imkids.org or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach us by calling Penny Beeman, at 616-527-4900 x 1252 or Pam Hotchkiss at 616-225-7264