Fighting Childhood Hunger in Michigan: How You Can Help
Edit: with the school closings this year, Hand2Hand is joining the efforts of schools and food pantries to keep our children fed every day. And they could use your help. Click the link below to see what food donations they're asking for and drop them off at the storehouse in Hudsonville. Your donations will make a wonderful, lasting impact in the lives of children in our community! Want to help while really committing to social distancing? A monetary donation is another great way feed these precious kids! Hand2Hand's volunteers will use that money to buy and pack the supplies themselves. Click the link below to give a gift that will provide food and security to kids in need!
Twenty percent of children in the United States don't have enough food to eat. 1 out of every 5 children. These kids live on your street, or just around the corner. You drive by them on your way to work. They are in your child's class at school. Often, they don't know where their next meal will come from. They are hungry, worried and silent, but that doesn't mean no one is listening. In an effort to narrow these jaw dropping numbers, many organizations have joined the fight to help end hunger in the United States. Nationwide, 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 kids receive during the week is certainly a huge blessing, it still raises a big question. Where do those same kids get proper nourishment on the weekend? 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. [caption id="attachment_1004" align="alignright" width="175"] Cheri Honderd, Hand2Hand Founder and Executive Director[/caption] During her childhood, Cheri’s parents struggled to find employment. She can relate to the children in her community who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Her growing awareness of children going hungry caused her to take action. Cheri’s passion, dedication and the growing team of 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. [embed]https://vimeo.com/49400422[/embed] 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. [embed]https://vimeo.com/167935457?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749[/embed] We were so excited to have the oppourtunity to play a small part in this growing organization. We are inspired by their work and thankful for the love they extend to the children in our community. 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! -Meagan Wiersma