Committed to Ending Childhood Hunger in Ionia and Montcalm Counties.

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IM Kids 3rd Meal Volunteers,

The IM (Ionia-Montcalm) Kids 3rd Meal Team would first like to thank you for your interest and commitment to serving food insecure children in our communities. Community support for IM Kids 3rd Meal‘s mission has been overwhelming and awe-aspiring. Thanks to everybody who has expressed interest in volunteering to assemble our 3rd Meals, we are seeing cross-county and cross-community collaboration in ways we never thought possible. So thank you, your support has reminded us this program is possible.

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Facility Updates

We passed important and exciting milestone over the last few months, including the completed installation of our brand new walk-in cooler and an approved facility license. After dreaming of this program for over five years, we are excited to finally be in the home stretch.

Volunteers NEEDED beginning April 14th!

On Monday, April 14, we are happy to begin providing 500 children with their 3rd Meal Monday-Friday. This start date will allow us close to ten weeks of service before summer break (that’s approximately 15,000 3rd Meals). We’ll use that time to troubleshoot any issues that might arise, standardize our operating procedures, make any needed changes over summer break and return fully operational for the Fall 2014 school year.

We know we have pushed back the start date a few times already, but we have learned this process comes with some unexpected glitches (your walk-in cooler door is accidentally sent to Colorado for instance and forces you to reschedule your health inspection) BUT we know when we send off our first 500 3rd Meals, all the hassles and frustrations will be well worth it.

We wanted to let everybody who has filled out a volunteer interest survey to know we will be in touch shortly to confirm and schedule volunteer times for April. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to working with you all soon and thank you again for your support.

VISTA

IM Kids 3rd Meal Team

Email:  imkids3rdmeal@gmail.com
Phone:  616-527-4900

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