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Corporate foundation gives $40K to nonprofit

March 6, 2018
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Perrigo Foundation check presentation to Kids' Food Basket
Courtesy Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation

A local nonprofit has received $40,000 from a corporate foundation in the region.

The Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation said today it gave the grant to Kids’ Food Basket.

Tom Farrington, EVP and chief information officer for Perrigo and president of the foundation, presented the check to Bridget Clark Whitney, executive director of Kids’ Food Basket.

The grant will help Kids’ Food Basket continue to feed thousands of children every day as part of the organization’s mission to fight childhood hunger.

“Kids’ Food Basket is known for its outstanding work in battling childhood hunger all around West Michigan,” Farrington said. “As a health care company, Perrigo understands that proper nutrition is crucial to development and learning, and we hope that our support will help more children have the success that they deserve.”

The first $30,000 of the donation will support Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper programs in Ottawa County and Kent County. The sacks are filled with ready-to-eat evening meals and distributed through classrooms to ensure children have access to food at home.

The remaining $10,000 of the grant will support the Feeding Our Future campaign in Kent County, which is focused on increasing the organization’s capacity and launching an urban agriculture initiative.

“The support of this initiative is critical,” Clark Whitney said. “We know that when kids have access to food, their minds and bodies grow strong, and they do better in school.

“With the support of community partners like Perrigo, we can provide a child daily access to a nutritious Sack Supper that contains the brain food, healthy habits and the extra touch of love that growing children need to thrive.” 

In total, the Perrigo foundation has donated $235,000 to the nonprofit since 2010.

In addition to financial support, Perrigo has assisted the Kids’ Food Basket through volunteer opportunities.  Seventy Perrigo employees recently packed thousands of bags of trail mix and decorated hundreds of brown paper bags for the Sack Supper program.

“The idea of children not having enough to eat is heartbreaking,” Farrington said. “Kids’ Food Basket does an outstanding job of helping to meet this critical need, and we see our support of this organization as an excellent way to honor our commitment to a healthy community.”

Kids’ Food Basket began operating in Kent County in 2003 and now serves 6,000 children at 37 schools in Kent County and 800 children at five schools in Holland.

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