Kids’ Food Basket seeks 150K decorated brown bags for Sack Suppers program

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Kids’ Food Basket is asking the community to pitch in on a project that will add “a touch of love” to its Sack Suppers for children and families.

The Grand Rapids-based hunger relief nonprofit said Monday, Aug. 30, it is launching a community challenge this month to reach a goal of collecting 150,000 decorated bags by Sept. 30, in time for Brown Bag Decorating Day.

All month long, the community is encouraged to decorate paper bags and donate them to be used for KFB’s flagship Sack Supper program, which provides suppers for children and families in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties.

“We feed our future by providing healthy, nutritious, ready-to-eat meals on a daily basis to children and families in need,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, president and CEO of KFB. “Decorating bags is a way to add a touch of love to every Sack Supper that goes to nourish a child who is struggling with food insecurity. With every bag decorated by our community, we take one step closer to realizing a hunger-free West Michigan for all.”

Bag donations will be collected all month leading up to a Brown Bag Decorating Day drive-through party from noon-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the three KFB locations in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland.

For those who cannot make it to the Sept. 30 event, bags can still be dropped off at any KFB location from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

People seeking a socially distanced option also can mail their decorated bags. KFB asks participants to refrain from including religious messages on the bags, as many of the Sack Suppers go to public schools. In addition, people should refrain from using paint, glitter, feathers or stickers, as they can come off in the food.

More information is online.

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