IONIA, Mich. (WOTV)-The Ionia Montcalm (IM) Kids 3rd Meal program welcomed two more schools on February 23rd. Schools that were added to the program were Carson City-Crystal and Belding. In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 are food insecure. Each 3rd meal provided to a child, is a well-balanced, ready-to-eat meal.
“We know that we live in a very high poverty county, and knowing that we are able to be part of a community program that is being proactive to fight against hunger is an incredible opportunity,” – Sara Shriver, Belding Area Schools Superintendent.
IM Kids 3rd Meal program is delighted to welcome these two new schools by serving 97 students in Carson City-Crystal and 48 students in Belding. We are now serving four schools; two schools in Ionia County and two schools in Montcalm County, with a total of roughly 500 food insecure children receiving 3rd meals.
“It is delightful that the program is able to give back to local students by providing them with a third meal of the day.” -Tracy Nelson, Belding Area Schools.
“Children have the opportunity to receive a nutritious meal at home that will provide them the nutrients to concentrate and perform well at school.” -Alexis Shaver, Carson City-Crystal Elementary School,
Strong community support helps to keep this program running to reach more students.
“We are thankful to the community partners State Farm, GYAC, United Way, Ameriprise, AmeriCorps, Ionia County Community Foundation, and any others who are sponsoring such a worthy initiative for our students.” -Sara Shriver, Belding Area Schools Superintendent
For more information on how you or your company can support IM Kids 3rd Meal program, call IM Kids 3rd Meal at 616-527-4900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.imkids.org.