Kids’ Food Basket moves annual fundraiser online

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The 18th annual fundraiser — which showcases the best work of the area’s chefs of the year and local culinary art students from the American Culinary Federation to benefit KFB — will be streamed live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the nonprofit’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Courtesy Kids' Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is moving its annual Feast for Kids fundraiser to a virtual format with a silent and live auction and brief program.

The 18th annual fundraiser — which showcases the best work of the area’s chefs of the year and local culinary art students from the American Culinary Federation to benefit KFB — will be streamed live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the nonprofit’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

KFB decided to move to an online format in light of COVID-19.

“It is because we want to continue to honor our local champion chefs, who for the past 18 years have used their talent and time to feed their community, that we have pivoted to bring you a virtual experience,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, president and CEO of KFB. “When you buy a ticket to Feast for Kids, you are supporting your neighbors and the kids in our community and enabling them to thrive now and well into the future.”

The event will feature a message from Clark Whitney and KFB’s COO Afton DeVos about the nonprofit’s COVID-19 response; a silent and live auction; Fund-a-Need; and other ways to celebrate together while apart.

Ticketholders will have the opportunity to bid on experiences, such as a private gourmet dinner prepared in-home.

All proceeds will go toward the Kids’ Food Basket COVID-19 emergency response. Since the first day of school closures, KFB has served over 208,000 meals to children and families in West Michigan.

The Feast for Kids online auction kicks off Tuesday with the virtual program and live auction the following evening.

How to participate

  1. “Like” Kids’ Food Basket on Facebook.
  2. Register to bid on auction items.
  3. Share the event with family and friends using the hashtag #FeastforKids2020
  4. Tune in to the Kids’ Food Basket Facebook Live feed or YouTube channel at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Feast for Kids event page. People without a Facebook account can still visit facebook.com/kidsfoodbasket to view the program.

More information is at kidsfoodbasket.org/feast-for-kids.

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