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Nonprofit receives $80K from food maker

May 19, 2016
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The mission of Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket is to attack childhood hunger “to help young people learn and live well.” Photo via fb.com

A local nonprofit working to eliminate childhood hunger has received $80,000 from a global food maker.

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods gave the funds to Kids’ Food Basket to support the nonprofit’s Sack Supper program, which provides meals to thousands of children each weekday.

This is the second year Tyson Foods has supported Grand Rapids-based Kids’ Food Basket.

Through its Sack Supper program, Kids’ Food Basket, founded in 2001, provides nutritious meals to children who need them, fulfilling a necessity that can’t be met by schools or families.

“Our goal is to increase the number of children fed through the Sack Supper program over the school year, and the support of this initiative is critical,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, executive director, Kids’ Food Basket.

“We can’t have a strong community without strong kids. We are so grateful for the support of Tyson Foods and their dedication to providing local children with the nutrition they need to thrive.”

Nina Erickson, a group human resources manager at Tyson Foods’ Zeeland location, said the company is “proud to support the innovative work of Kids’ Food Basket, which works on the front lines every day to end hunger.”

“Hunger relief is the primary way we give back at Tyson Foods, and the Sack Supper program is a great example of unique ways to push hunger-relief efforts beyond the norm," Erickson said. 

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