Kids’ Food Basket

Story #23
Air Date: December 11, 2013

Kids’ Food Basket founder, Mary K. Hoodhood created the non-profit in 2001 when a Grand Rapids Public School Principal told Mary K. about how she saw a student digging in a dumpster after school looking for food to take home. Mary K., who was already a long-time Meals on Wheels volunteer, wanted to help ensure Michigan students were getting adequate nutrition after school.

Mary K. started making these “sack suppers” in the basement of a church for 125 kids at 3 schools. Since then the organization has grown tremendously, now serving 6,000 children at 32 sites in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Every school day more than 175 community members volunteer to pack and deliver the sack suppers.

When Mary K. was 27 years old she was in a car accident that left her paralyzed. Despite the challenges of being a paraplegic, Mary K. refuses to let anything get in her way of fighting childhood hunger.

Each “sack supper” costs $1, so the generous $50,000 donation from 5-hour ENERGY® will be able to fund 50,000 sack suppers. There are 17 schools in Kent County on the Kids’ Food Basket waiting list and Mary K. tells us the money will also help sponsor a new school into the program.

Website: www.kidsfoodbasket.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsfoodbasket
Twitter: @kidsfoodbasket

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5 Responses to Kids’ Food Basket

  1. Susie Labry December 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    to Mary K. Hoodhood,

    CONGRATULATIONS! and all the good work you’ve been doing. You popped up on me when I was searching You Are My Sunshine Man, Jimmie Davis and your 5-Energy came up and it got my attention. You sure look like me and my mama, which I thought was us for one split second. It was you. Reading your story and about your Award to White House and your work, WOW! You and your Kids Food Basket has been a great inspiration for me this morning, and I just love those big Weather Balloons you and your kids have at your events. Spent hours perusing about you and your Kids Food Basket events. Shared the Dickens out of it to my 5k Facebook Wall and Family and Community here down South in Louisiana. Keep up the good work and prayers.

    Susie Labry

  2. James Walls December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    My Name Is James Walls And I Want To Help Everybody

  3. malikkamran0304 December 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    good work

  4. Ashley Simmons December 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    I have a daughter that was recently diagnosed with all luckemia we are going tthrough a really hard time right now any help would be a blessing

  5. Ashley Simmons December 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    My daughter was recently diagnosed with all luckemia any help would be a blessing has been a really hard time

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