"Our students can start the day focused on learning instead of hunger."- Corene, Kindergarten Teacher at Woodside Elementary


In 2001, a Grand Rapids Public School principal witnessed some of her students digging through the trash for food to take home for dinner. Mary K. Hoodhood, a long-time advocate, heard this story and set into motion a grassroots community response: Kids’ Food Basket. Fifteen years ago, we started by serving 125 kids every weekday at three schools through our Sack Supper program. Today, we serve nearly 6,500 every day, but our work is not done.

We work for the day when every child is nourished. In May of 2015, we introduced our organization’s model in Holland to serve more meals and reach more children in need. With the help and support of the Holland community, we have continued to grow and are now reaching 700 children at three schools. The Kids’ Food Basket Holland Program is fully funded and supported by the Holland community. Learn more about our Grand Rapids and Muskegon locations.

Mapping Hunger


Ottawa County children are food insecure
children currently served daily
schools currently serving
schools on waiting list

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There is nothing fun about childhood hunger, but changing the world can be! Answer our questionnaire and find out how you can make an impact with Kids’ Food Basket today!


“Over 70% of our students currently qualify for free or reduced lunch.”

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Kids’ Food Basket is a community solution to childhood hunger. Kids’ Food Basket engages all who care about children reaching their full potential – in school and in life.We attack childhood hunger through an innovative, multi-faceted approach. Learn about our programs here.

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