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IM Kids 3rd Meal is a community driven, not-for-profit, kids feeding program. Entirely volunteer based, our goal is to provide 3rd Meal dinners to food insecure elementary students within Ionia and Montcalm counties. Our pilot phase ran from April 2014 to June 2014, and we successfully provided 3rd Meals to over 380 students at two different elementary schools.

IN ORDER TO KEEP THESE KIDS FED, AND TO FURTHER EXPAND OUR PROGRAM, WE NEED YOUR HELP.


Did you know:

100% of donated money goes to the purchase of food!


Why do we need your help?

IM Kids makes approximately 400 sack dinners a day. Every 3rd Meal is made each school day and is delivered to schools in the afternoon for students to pick up and enjoy within a few hours. Each 3rd Meal consists of:

  • Sandwich (PB&J or Meat/Cheese)
  • Fruit or Vegetable Serving
  • 100% Juice Box
  • Granola Bar
  • Healthy Snack

Because we use our facility for free, and our staff is consists entirely of Americorps VISTAs and volunteers, IM Kids is without overhead costs. So: what is the main expense?

FOOD.

It costs us approximately $1 for every 3rd Meal we make.  Feeding America does allow us to purchase at their warehouse for a discount rate, but costs add up quickly: feeding over 400 kids, 5 days a week, 9 months a year at $1 each is very expensive!!!!

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In our first year, it cost $2 per meal. Now, we’ve been able to reduce that cost to approximately just $1 !!

How can you help?  We have several easy ways to donate!

  • Host a fundraiser
  • Donate online through PayPal (link at the top of the page)
  • Donate cash or checks, as a group or individually
  • Become a monthly donor
  • Become a Sponsor

As a charitable donation, your donation should qualify for a Federal income tax deduction.  IM Kids 3rd Meal is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Send all monetary donations to 2191 Harwood Rd, Ionia MI 48846. Please make checks payable to Ionia County Intermediate School District with IM Kids 3rd Meal in the Memo Line.

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