Committed to Ending Childhood Hunger in Ionia and Montcalm Counties.

September is Hunger Action Month!

Take action against hunger this month by getting involved with the IM Kids 3rd Meal program!


Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Ionia County and 1 in 4 in Montcalm County are food insecure? Throughout the month of September, IM Kids 3rd Meal is holding multiple fundraisers to help end hunger in our communities.


IM Kids 3rd Meal is a feeding program committed to ending childhood hunger by providing daily evening meals to food insecure children. During the month of September they are having a pancake supper fundraiser, hosting a Bag-A-Thon, selling dinner plates at participating businesses, and hosting an Eat Local Give Local dine out for hunger event!



Bags decorated and donated by the lovely residents of Green Acres in Ionia. Thank you Green Acres!

Support IM Kids 3rd Meal by participating in our Bag-A-Thon. Our goal is to have 12,000 decorated and donated paper meal bags by the end of September. IM Kids 3rd Meal serves over 400 meals a day, 5 days a week during the school year. 12,000 lunch bags will provide us with a month’s worth of 3rd Meal bags! Bags can be dropped off at the Ionia County Intermediate School District at 2191 Harwood Rd. Ionia, MI, 48846 or at the H.O. Steele Education Center at 10260 S. Sheridan Rd. Fenwick, MI 48834.


Join us for breakfast for dinner at St. Peter and Paul ‘s School Cafeteria, September 12th, from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Pancakes and sausage will be served. The supper is five dollars a person,  children under four are free, and the family limit is $25.


Mark your calendars for September 29th for the Eat Local Give Local event! Restaurants around Ionia and Montcalm Counties are donating a percentage of their sales to IM Kids 3rd Meal. Participating restaurants are: McDonald’s in Ionia, Belding, Greenville, and Carson City-Crystal from 4-7PM; in Ionia, Applebee’s, Bigboy, El Mariachi’s, Four Friars, Jimmy Johns, Lamplight Grill, Sozo’s Coffee, Wendy’s, and Blue Water Cafe; in Belding, BC Pizza, Silk City Saloon,  and Candlestone; in Stanton, BC Pizza; and in Greenville, Huckleberry’s. Applebee’s in Ionia will be donating a portion of their sales to IM Kids 3rd Meal on September 26th from 8 pm to 10 pm. Don’t forget to mention ‘ IM Kids 3rd Meal’ when paying. 


dinner plate

Buy a dinner a plate or two throughout September  at participating businesses!

For $1 IM Kids 3rd Meal can provide a food insecure child with a 3rd Meal that is well balanced and ready to eat. Throughout September, you can purchase a dinner plate for $1. Your donation will have fed an IM Kid for one day! Businesses participating are: in Ionia, Four Friars, Aunt Stephies, Biggby, Olivera’s, Red Tomato, Sheri’s Restaurant, K-Mart Gas Station, and The Alibi Bar & Grill; in Muir, Lumber Mill Inn; in Greenville, 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, Mancinos, Huckleberry’s, BC Pizza, and Big Boy; in Belding, Bridge Street Cafe, Silk City Saloon, and Candlestone; in Carson City-Crystal, Independent Bank, Main Street Pizza/Inn, Herald’s Diary Delight, and Crystal Lake Café; in Stanton, B.C. Pizza and Chemical Bank on Main Street; and in Sheridan, RJ’s Sports Bar.


Visit our Facebook page for more updates on what is happening for Hunger Action Month!

IM Kids 3rd Meal needs strong community support to keep 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

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