Get involved: September is Hunger Action Month

IONIA, Mich. (WOTV)- September is Hunger Action Month; 1 in 5 children in Ionia County and 1 in 4 children in Montcalm County are food insecure.  Ionia Montcalm (IM) Kids 3rd Meal program is holding multiple fundraisers during the month of September to help end hunger in our communities.

IM Kids 3rd Meal is a feeding program committed to ending childhood hunger by providing daily evening meals to food insecure children. During the month of September they are hosting a Bag-A-Thon, selling dinner plates at participating businesses, and hosting Eat Local Give Local dine out for hunger event! 100% of the money raised for IM Kids 3rd Meal goes directly to feeding children.

Support IM Kids 3rd Meal by participating in the Bag-A-Thon. The goal is to have 10,000 decorated and donated paper meal bags by the end of September. The program currently serves over 400 meals a day, 5 days a week during the school year, and 10,000 lunch bags will provide a month’s worth of 3rd Meal bags.

Mark your calendars for September 23rd for the Eat Local Give Local event when restaurants around Ionia and Montcalm Counties are willingly giving a percentage of their sales to IM Kids 3rd Meal. Participating restaurants are: McDonald’s in Ionia, Belding, Greenville, and Carson City-Crystal from 4-7PM; in Ionia, Applebees, Aunt Stephie’s, Big Boy, Jimmy Johns, Lamplight Grill, Sozo’s Coffee, El Mariachi, and Biggby; in Belding: BC Pizza and Third Wave Coffee; and BC Pizza in Stanton.

For $1 IM Kids 3rd Meal can provide a food insecure child with a 3rd Meal that is well balanced and ready to eat. By purchasing a dinner plate for $1, your donation will feed a child for one day. IM Kids 3rd Meal needs strong community support to keep running and reach even more students.  For more information on how you or your company can support IM Kids 3rd Meal program, please call IM Kids 3rd Meal at 616-527-4900, email or visit

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