Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One small program making a huge difference

Kids Food Basket is an amazing organization here in West Michigan. They serve students in elementary schools where 80% or more of the population is on free or reduced lunch program. Those students receive a sack dinner to take home. They have served over 300,000 sacks meals since July 1, 2013. (I think the number was around 380,000 but since I don't remember exactly, I don't want to give you false information. It's still a lot.)

My Jr. High youth served there one day this last summer during our mission Week of Giving. 
 In the background on the right hand side, you can see a marker board. That is a list of the locations and  counts of how many sack dinners need to be delivered.

During the school year, eighty volunteers come through KFB doors daily.
Tonight, I was fortunate enough to serve there again. This time with our Young Adult Group. There were eleven of us.

The main difference was how many other volunteers there were. During the summer, while there is absolutely still a need for food to be delivered to students, the day we were there was much slower. You can see in the first photo that we are packing sacks. 

Tonight we were part of the assembly that happens to get to the stage pictured above.

That's confusing.

Someone has to make the sandwiches, bag them, and count them before they can be sacked. The Jr. High sacked them. Tonight we made the sandwiches and bagged them. There were three stations of long tables making sandwiches.

Hundreds of sandwiches.

I did not mention the list of schools waiting to join the program offered through KFB.

It's unbelievable the number of kids who need this program. It's even more amazing that volunteers and donations are what move this program forward. 

I'm thankful for the generosity and ingenuity of the creators of this program. I am hopeful for those who volunteer and help make a difference. 

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