Kids’ Food Basket announces expansion plan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kids’ Food Basket announced Thursday it is expanding to a new home to better serve hungry kids in West Michigan.

Kids’ Food Basket purchased a 14 acre farmland in Grand Rapids at 1919 Leonard Street. The organization says the space will house its new headquarters and an urban garden to grow fruits and vegetables for the sack suppers it distributes. The larger space will also allow more community members to volunteer.

Every day in West Michigan, children are going to bed hungry. In Kent County alone, there are 28,700 kids who are food insecure, according to the organization.

Kids’ Food Basket helps serve these children by delivering them a nutritious sack supper. Every weekday, 6,100 kids take home one of these evening meals.

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The Feeding Our Future campaign is a $6 million fundraising effort that will pay for Kids’ Food Basket’s new home, as well as expanding programs. Kids’ Food Basket plans to grow to serve 15,000 children, reducing the list of schools on its waiting list.

As part of Thursday’s announcement and campaign kickoff, DTE Energy Foundation announced it was stepping up to match up to $100,000 in donations.

For more information, visit Kids’ Food Basket’s website or the DTE Energy Foundation website, or donate to the campaign now.