Sing Song Yoga Charity of the Year 2017/2018 – Kids Food Basket
Sing Song Yoga® is grateful to partner with Kids’ Food Basket for our 2017/2018 Charity of the Year. They have been empowering communities to alleviate childhood hunger in southwest Michigan for nearly two decades. Their magic stems from their nearly 250 volunteers who prepare, pack and deliver Sack Suppers to nearly 7500 children in 42 schools EACH week! And to top it off, 33% of their volunteers are kids!
In 2010, Kids’ Food Basket founder Mary K. Hoodhood was recognized by President Obama by awarding her the Presidential Citizens Medal for her advocacy and service.
From Kids’ Food Basket: One in five Michigan children experiences hunger, and we are working to change that. Hunger robs kids of their energy, health and dignity. Lack of consistent, nutritious food limits cognitive development and leave kids unable to concentrate in school. When kids get the nourishment they need, they are able to come to school ready to learn. Kids’ Food Basket mission is simple; empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.
Through our Sack Supper program, kids get well-balanced, nutritious evening meals, filling a gap that schools and parents often can’t afford. Kids’ Food Basket serves children who attend schools where 70% or more of the student population receive free or reduced-cost lunch.
Every Sack Supper contains one serving of fruit, one serving of vegetables, one serving of protein and a healthy snack. Each Sack Supper is a ready to eat, evening meal, that help children grow in mind and body while teaching healthy habits. We know when kids get the nourishment they need, they are more likely to miss less school, perform academically, graduate on time, and go on to be able to provide for their own families. We are playing a critical role in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Kids’ Food Basket is the largest organization in West Michigan focused solely on childhood hunger. We strive to put an end to childhood hunger using an approach that:
- Serves kids directly. Every week day, nearly 7,500 children at 42 schools in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties receive Sack Suppers, funded by their respective communities.
- Creates an engine for volunteering. Each week day, nearly 250 volunteers prepare, pack and deliver these Sack Suppers.
- Empowers kids to help each other. Through volunteering and educational programs, we help kids understand the challenges of hunger, and give them the opportunity to lead projects that benefit fellow kids. Around 33% of hours volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket come from youth under the age of 18.
Each Sack Supper is powered by the love and support of our community. By partnering with individuals, families, businesses, food resources, other nonprofits, schools and teachers, Kids’ Food Basket helps ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for over 7,500 kids in West Michigan.
There are over 9,500 children in Ottawa County alone (home of Sing Song Yoga) who are considered food insecure and may not know when or where their next meal will come. Kids’ Food Basket introduced the Sack Suppers program at Woodside Elementary in Holland in the Spring of 2015. By Spring of 2016, teachers are already reporting “monumental” changes in the behavior of their students. She attributes improved attendance to kids knowing they’ll get that Sack Supper. “They are able to get their work done during class, and they bring their homework back. That’s huge,” she explained.
As of today we are serving over 500 students each week day in Holland at three elementary schools; Woodside Elementary, Holland Heights K-7 and Jefferson K-7. Visit our website www.kidsfoodbasket.org to learn how you can join the attack on childhood hunger!
Thank you Kids’ Food Basket for being extraordinary leaders for our kids and for allowing us to partner with you this year!
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