Local Organization is Making a Huge Difference in Michigan

1 in 5 Children in the United States, go without which one of the following options, every day?

A. Access to Social Media           B. Cell Phone                  C. Cable TV                         D. Other

While A, B and C are great guesses, if you guessed “other”, you’re on the right track.  The ratio of 1 in 5 is actually how many children in the United States will go without food, today!

In an effort to narrow these jaw dropping numbers, many organizations have joined the fight to help end hunger in the United States.

Did you know, that all of these organizations combined are helping over 20 million children receive either a free or discounted lunch during the school week? While the assistance that these kiddos receive during the week is certainly a huge blessing, it still raises a pretty big question.

Where do those same kids get proper nourishment on the weekend?  h2h_logo_2013-294x300

I’m glad you asked! This is where Hand2Hand steps in.  Hand2Hand is a local organization here in Jenison, Michigan (just a hop, skip and a jump from Grandville Trailer) that was founded in 2008 by a woman named Cheri Honderd.

Cheri Honderd, Founder and Executive Director

Cheri Honderd, Hand2Hand Founder and Executive Director

During her childhood, Cheri’s parents struggled as well to find employment. She could relate to the children in her community who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from, and the ongoing stories Cheri heard, of children going hungry, caused her to take action.

Cheri’s passion, dedication and nearly 730 volunteers make the Hand2Hand vision a reality! Hand2Hand’s mission is “to deliver hope to hungry children by mobilizing schools and churches to provide nutritious food over the weekends”.

The Hand2Hand organization not only bridges the gap of weekend hunger, they also show these kiddos that they are cared for, and that there can be a “constant” in their life.

Recently, Grandville Trailer had the opportunity to partner with Hand2Hand, in helping them fulfill their dream of having a “Hope on the Move” trailer.

The brilliant idea behind their “Hope on the Move” trailer is to bring the donation center to you, and make donating even more accessible.  Their hope is that different groups will host the trailer in their neighborhood or at their workplace.  The trailer would then become a 1 to 2 day mobile “drop off” location for anyone willing to donate food to the Hand2Hand ministry.

We were beyond flattered that they asked us to be a part of such a huge mission, and obviously, gladly accepted.new hand 2 hand

What started as an idea in 2008, with 19 children being well nourished over the weekend, has grown to 3692 children, and a partnership with 85 Michigan schools and 59 Churches.

In 2016 Hand2Hand is on track to partner with 12 more schools and 9 more churches, and with the help of the Lord, faithful volunteers with servant hearts, and loads of donations, hopefully their impact can spread even farther than West Michigan.

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!

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