Committed to Ending Childhood Hunger in Ionia and Montcalm Counties.

Bank Competition

Ionia County Mercantile & Independent Banks Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

MercantileBanks of Ionia and Independent Banks of Ionia hosted a friendly competition to see who could raise the most for our organization.

MercantileBanks of Ionia and Independent Banks of Ionia hosted a friendly competition to see who could raise the most for our organization.

Mercantile Bank of Michigan and Independent Bank offices in Ionia County are doing a competition drive to collect items for the Ionia Montcalm (IM) Kids 3rd Meal program. The competition will be taking place from April 20th through May 15th. Mercantile Bank locations are collecting jelly and Independent Bank locations are collecting peanut butter, while both banks are collecting cash donations for bread.

Brian Talbot, SVP at Mercantile Bank of Michigan was ready for the challenge when approached to participate in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, “Childhood hunger is something that impacts all of our communities. Good nutrition is one of the most important and basic needs in the development our kids. We are happy to be able to support IM Kids 3rd Meal in their efforts to provide these children with access to enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy lifestyle” he said.

Boomer Hoppough, VP at Independent Bank, agreed with Talbot, “This is a great opportunity to positively impact many area children and provide them with nutrition when they otherwise wouldn’t have it.  We hope the competition elevates the awareness of the program and keeps it in community members’ heads year round.”

In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 are food insecure. Each 3rd meal that is given to a food insecure child, is a well-balanced, ready-to-eat meal. We are serving four schools; two schools in Ionia County and two schools in Montcalm County, with a total of roughly 450 food insecure children receiving 3rd meals.

We need strong community support to keep this program running and reach even more students.  For more information on how you or your company can support IM Kids 3rd Meal program, please call IM Kids 3rd Meal at 616-527-4900, email or visit

About Mercantile Bank of Michigan:

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank of Michigan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercantile Bank Corporation. Mercantile provides a wide variety of commercial and personal banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units, and differentiates itself on the basis of service quality and the expertise of its banking staff. Mercantile has assets of approximately $2.9 billion and operates 53 banking offices serving communities in central and western Michigan.

About Independent Bank Corporation:

Independent Bank Corporation (Nasdaq Symbol: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $2.3 billion. Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation now operates convenient locations across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary. This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and title services. Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit our website at:

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