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Food nonprofit plans $2.5M expansion

January 27, 2020
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A nonprofit that provides food to children in need is renovating a new facility to expand its services.

Kids’ Food Basket is investing $2.5 million to renovate a 7,000-square-foot facility it purchased in Holland, at 652 Hastings Ave., so services can be expanded in Ottawa and Allegan counties.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit’s existing Holland space, at 389 James St., is 1,000 square feet.

Currently, the nonprofit is able to serve only 10% of more than 11,000 children who are food insecure in Ottawa and Allegan counties. The goal is to double that impact within three years, the nonprofit said.

“There are six schools on our immediate waiting list for services but unfortunately, we’re out of space. That’s why Kids’ Food Basket is committed to expanding. We believe that it’s irresponsible not to grow,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, Kids’ Food Basket founding CEO.

The new location will allow the organization to expand beyond its current limitations, with room to grow in the future.

Co-chaired by Anne Nemschoff and Pamela VanderKamp, the nonprofit is spearheading a $2.5 million Feeding Our Future campaign to fund the growth.

Kids’ Food Basket will offer a similar volunteer experience in the new building, with the increased ability to offer longer shifts, host larger groups and have more flexibility with scheduling.

The larger facility also will provide education opportunities for youth and adults on the importance of good nutrition through innovative programs and experiential learning.

Lakewood Construction is the contractor renovating the facility.

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