Sometimes it takes a village to feed a child, and in this case it is true. On Tuesday, November 5, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will welcome Mary K. Hoodhood, founder of Kids’ Food Basket, as the speaker in the Grandmother POWER Lunch series.

The program, titled "Nourishing Body & Soul: Kids Food Basket," will focus on connecting people and resources in an effort to stimulate change in West Michigan communities. The lunch series highlights different women, men, and groups who are working to create a better world for the next generation, whether in local communities or on a global scale.

The Grandmother POWER Lunch series is part of the community programming that is tied to the GRPM’s new exhibition, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon.

The community programming is geared toward creating an understanding of the importance that grandmothers and “grandothers” play in a community. Luncheon ticket prices are $20 for Museum members, $25 for non-members, and can be purchased at or by calling 616.456.3977. The Grandmother POWER Lunch series is sponsored by Priority Health.

In 2001, upon discovering how many children were affected by hunger due to poverty – approximately 1 in 5 children - Hoodhood founded Kids’ Food Basket. This program provides children, ages pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade, with sack suppers; ensuring that school lunch will not be their last meal of the day. Each sack supper is filled with a meat-and-cheese sandwich, juice, granola, and fruit and vegetables. The suppers are put together daily by over 150 volunteers and are given to children every weekday. At its inception, the program provided meals to 125 children in three Grand Rapids schools. Today, Kids’ Food Basket provides sack suppers to over 5,000 children in 36 Grand Rapids schools and 1,000 children in Muskegon Heights schools.