IM Kids 3rd Meal has been the recipient of some really great community support recently in the form of volunteer time and donations!
Our program would not be possible without the volunteers who come each school day to prepare sandwiches, repackage food, and pack 3rd Meals. Volunteer groups are made up of all sizes and shapes. Several of our school groups are connected through the Ionia County Intermediate School District, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and Home School Groups. We also have groups that comprised of Church members that are part of a Ladies Group, Youth Group, or other church based team of volunteers. Community members can volunteer as an individual or as part of a group agreeing to help 1 day a week or 1 day a month simply by filling out our Sign Up Form!
But recently we have had several groups volunteer for special events including Chemical Bank who volunteered on Columbus Day, Mercantile Bank who scheduled a special evening visit, and a 4-H Group out of Carson City who volunteered to pick apples at the orchard.
IM Kids 3rd Meal has also received some special donations this month that were unexpected and a surprise to us. We receive weekly donations from Panera Bread and Jimmy Johns, and also receive food donations from various service groups and organizations. This month we were surprised by a generous donation of plastic bags and lunch sacks from 2 community supporters! The Muir Village Market and the Belgreen Seventh Day Adventist Church of Greenville’s Women’s Fellowship Group donated some much-needed sandwich bags, snack bags, and 3rd Meal sacks.
We use baggies for sandwiches, trail mix, and other items that need to be repackaged in smaller amounts. Donations like this help us to keep costs done allowing us to put our limited funds to better use buying the food we need to make IM Kids 3rd Meal!
Donations of time, wish list items, and funds are always welcome! And VISTA Members are happy to work out the details with you and provide you with IM Kids 3rd Meal information. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at IMKids3rdMeal@gmail.com or call Pam at 616-225-7264.