IM Kids 3rd Meal: Providing food for those in need

IONIA, Mich. (WOTV)- Good nutrition is one of the most important and basic needs in the development of kids. In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 children are food insecure.

IM Kids 3rd Meal is a nonprofit, based out of Fenwick, Michigan, that is committed to ending childhood hunger in Ionia and Montcalm Counties. Food insecure children receive a 3rd meal that is well-balanced, and ready-to-eat. These meals are prepared by volunteers at the H.O. Steele Education Center, delivered to schools in the afternoon and then distributed to the students before they are dismissed for the day.

IM Kids 3rd Meal is serving four schools; two schools in Ionia County and two schools in Montcalm County, with a total of roughly 472 children being served. Food-insecure students, whose school is being served, receive a 3rd meal every school day.

This program is only possible because of the strong community support that it receives. This is completely a volunteer run organization, running off grants, donations, partners and community members.

On May 31st, IM Kids 3rd Meal is hosting an Appreciation Celebration to thank the volunteers. The private event is sponsored by Advanced Pain Solutions and other local businesses. There are children that aren’t going to bed hungry because of people in the community dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

An Emerson Elementary student sent a thank you letter to IM Kids 3rd Meal stating that he would be going to bed hungry, if it were not for the IM Kids’ 3rd meal program, as his parents are low on food. This is a testament that every volunteer, donation, dollar and meal makes a difference.

IM Kids 3rd Meal needs strong community support to keep running and reach even more students in these two counties. This program is supported by the Ionia County Intermediate School District and the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. 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 or email imkids3rdmeal@gmail.com.

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