Go Orange Day for Kids’ Food Basket 2017

Mercy Health is a big supporter of Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing childhood hunger and helping youth learn and live well.

Twenty-five Mercy Health colleagues volunteered their time on #KFBGoOrange Day on Friday, March 24. They decorated paper lunch bags and packed each “supper snack pack” with healthy, non-perishable foods for West Michigan kids to enjoy over spring break. Our colleagues formed an assembly line at The Urban Platter and packed each snack bag with a fruit cup, granola bar, box of raisins and 100 percent fruit juice.

In just one and a half hours, our colleagues filled 2,000 supper packs in support of Kids’ Food Basket – more than double from last year!

Amna SeiboldJenny Chaffer, Brittani Gabriel and other colleagueColleagues fill snack packs#GoOrangeDayBrittani Gabriel holds just one of many boxesColleen Chase and others decorate the bagscart of food from Kids' Food Basket

One in 5 children in Michigan is affected by hunger, according to Kids’ Food Basket. Closer to home — in Muskegon, Kent and Ottawa counties — over 43,000 children are affected. Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program serves nearly 7,500 kids a day in greater Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland.

“We feel that no kid should go hungry, so we want to make sure that all kids have at least one healthy meal or snack to take home ” said Bryan Nader, Mercy Health sous chef and retail and catering supervisor for nutrition and wellness.

During #KFBGoOrange Day, many of our colleagues dressed in orange – the color of hunger awareness – and posed with orange slice cutouts in our photo booth as a way to show support.

A huge thank you to all who volunteered in support of this wonderful cause and help our friends at Kids’ Food Basket!



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