Feeding the Hungry at North Kent Community Services

During the year, many parents are comforted knowing that their children are receiving hot and healthy meals at school each day thanks to government programs. What happens when the children come home for the summer? Parents who are working hard to make ends meet often have a difficult time providing needed food for their children. North Kent Community Services (NKCS) provides child-friendly food bags for school-aged children through their Summer Lunch Bag Program.

The Summer Lunch Bags contain wholesome, nutritious food like milk, cheese, eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to non-perishable items. Last year NKCS distributed 1,500 bags of healthy food to 800 hungry children, helping them stay mentally sharp and ready for the school year by feeding their bellies throughout the summer.

Faith, a single mother who had fallen on hard times, came to NKCS with a friend. She lost her house, struggles with diabetes and has trouble finding work. During the summer, it’s difficult to put food on the table for her two daughters. “I think North Kent is just fantastic,” she said. “It’s helped me a lot. I literally ran out of food.”

NKCS is the largest food pantry in northern Kent County, serving struggling families from 6 Mile to 22 Mile roads, and east and west to the county lines. They help families in Rockford, Sparta, Cedar Springs, Belmont, Sand Lake and Kent City.

“Thank you to the generous donors who helped us reach our goal of $10,000 for the Summer Lunch Bag Program,” said Claire Guisfredi, executive director of NKCS. “Our community always steps up in time of need. It is truly neighbors helping neighbors.”

Any additional funds received will be used for the School Backpack Program to help children begin the school year with the necessary supplies for success.

For more information on North Kent Community Services, please visit www.nkcsc.com. Follow us on Facebook at North Kent Community Services and on Twitter at @nksc.

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