Lawmakers help end childhood hunger

September 10, 2014
Sen Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, speaks on the Senate floor regarding the brown paper bags that he and Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, (right) distributed to each House and Senate office to help Kids’ Food Basket, an organization aimed at ending childhood hunger.

Sen Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, speaks on the Senate floor regarding the brown paper bags that he and Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, (right) distributed to each House and Senate office to help Kids’ Food Basket, an organization aimed at ending childhood hunger.

LANSING—State senators Goeff Hansen and Dave Hildenbrand have teamed up to help an organization aimed at ending childhood hunger.

The lawmakers from West Michigan are helping Kids’ Food Basket reach their goal of collecting 50,400 decorated brown paper bags by Sept. 17.

“Kids’ Food Basket is devoted to helping young people learn and live well through ending childhood hunger,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “It is difficult to think of a worthier goal than this one. I am delighted to help them in whatever way I can.”

Hansen and Hildenbrand have provided brown paper bags and crayons to each House and Senate office. The bags will later become “Sack Suppers” filled with meals for children, and the lawmakers are asking their colleagues to help give every Sack Supper a “touch of love” by decorating the paper bags.

“I have helped pack Sack Suppers in Muskegon and I know the positive impact they have on communities,” Hansen said. “When paired with other meals at school, Sack Suppers help round out the daily nutritional requirements for children.”

The paper bags the lawmakers distributed will be collected from House and Senate offices Tuesday, Sept. 16.

“Kids’ Food Basket provides a vital service to our community’s children,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “Without this program, a large number of children would not have a stable, healthy source for meals outside of school. Groups like this are just another example of how the Grand Rapids community excels at coming together to help those in need.”

 

Residents interested in more information on Kids’ Food Basket, including how to help with Sack Suppers, may contact Melissa Yutzey at 517-371-1400.

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