The work of Kids Food Basket is so wonderful. For those who may not know, they provide take home sack dinners for school children who are struggling with food insecurities. They are delivered to schools in the area, and ready for them to take home at the end of the school day. If they didn't have that meal, they may not eat until the next day. But, that's only Monday through Friday, so what about the weekend?

Meijer announced that it has donated $1 million to Kids' Food Basket to expand the Grand Rapids Public Schools' (GRPS) Meijer Weekend Meal Program.

Courtesy Meijer
Courtesy Meijer
loading...

WZZM reported that the Meijer Weekend Meal Program is only serving two GRPS elementary schools with meals for around 500 children for the weekend.

kids food basket/Facebook
kids food basket/Facebook
loading...

So, needless to say, this huge donation will mean that so many more children will be guaranteed a healthy meal and snacks for the weekends.

Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving for Meijer said:

“We understand that healthy students are better learners, but we also recognize that an increasing number of families are struggling to put food on their tables as the challenges around the pandemic continue. We believe the Meijer Weekend Meal Program made a tremendous impact over the past three years, and are glad to see it expand to help even more students get nutritious meals that will ultimately help them focus in the classroom.”

It's a sad state of affairs that so many local children go hungry every day. That should never be, and it's so wonderful to see Meijer step up to help and expand the efforts of Kids Food Basket.

See How School Cafeteria Meals Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years

Using government and news reports, Stacker has traced the history of cafeteria meals from their inception to the present day, with data from news and government reports. Read on to see how various legal acts, food trends, and budget cuts have changed what kids are getting on their trays.