While the holiday season is meant to be a joyous time of year, it’s not always that simple for those children and families who are faced with the challenge of not always knowing where their next meal will come from.
Because every child deserves a healthy meal, Egypt Valley has teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket for a holiday food drive. Egypt Valley’s Head Chef, Ben Stinson, was instrumental in coordination of the food drive.
All month long until December 19, Egypt Valley members and staff have the opportunity to make a donation—based off KFB’s wish list—in the club’s lobby. The wish list includes 8-pound, extra-large brown lunch bags; fruit or applesauce cups; pudding cups; and meat sticks (such as Slim Jims) approximately .28 oz in size.
Throughout the year, Kids’ Food Basket provides nutritious, ready-to-eat meals to thousands of kids in over 50 schools in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. By donating items, you’re helping to ensure kids get the nutrition they need to reach their full potential.
Bridget Clark Whitney, President and Founding CEO, Kids’ Food Basket, is grateful for Egypt Valley’s support.
“We are honored to have partnerships that share our mission of nourishing children to reach their full potential,” said Clark Whitney. “Especially during such an important and critical time, support from the community is so appreciated and shows that together, we care about making a stronger and healthier West Michigan.”
Many families in West Michigan had already been struggling with the barriers of poverty and food insecurity even before the pandemic began, Clark Whitney explained.
“Equity work and anti-hunger work have always been emergencies yet require sustainable strategies and resources. COVID-19 has ultimately only shined a brighter light on serious challenges and obstacles that families in need are facing every day in our community,” said Clark Whitney. “The holidays spotlight the need for healthy, nutritious food even more.”
This holiday season especially, families are without resources, grieving lost loved ones, struggling with mental health and unable to gather and experience a time that usually sparks joy.
“This season of giving is crucial for Kids’ Food Basket to be able to be there for families in our collective community that not only need help with food and resources but hope,” said Clark Whitney, noting that consistent access to healthy food is key. “Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kids’ Food Basket has experienced an increase in food costs. As a community-funded organization, food drives greatly help us nourish children and families by supporting the access to good, healthy food. Our work is needed in our community more than ever, because good food is the foundation of good health, and good health is the foundation of a good future.”
When schools shut down earlier this year, Kids’ Food Basket did not. In fact, they’ve remained on the front lines because of the generosity and support of the community. Beyond the food drive here at Egypt Valley, there are many ways to engage with Kids’ Food Basket year-round, such as volunteering, decorating Sack Supper brown bags, hosting wish list drives and giving a monetary gift that is meaningful to you. Learn more at Kids’ Food Basket.