Our Work

Hand2Hand partners with local churches and schools to provide a backpack filled with supplemental food that bridges the gap of weekend hunger. Food sent home consists of breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner items, often sent home with a recipe card included. The program nourishes more than physical needs. It provides consistency, love, and demonstrates to all within a home that people do care. And ultimately, that God cares.

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Understanding the need

At school, many children can receive breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. When students are not in school is when kids are at the highest risk for hunger. Over the 68-hour gap of the weekend and on extended school breaks, many students do not have access to the nutritional food they need to reach their full potential. Studies show that hunger among children:

  • affects their performance in school
  • increases their chance of sickness
  • affects their future education and success
  • impacts their physical and mental health


is the average rate of child hunger in West Michigan (According to Feeding America West Michigan)


of all clients served by Feeding America reside in rural or suburban areas. In fact, hunger within suburban areas continues to grow.


children are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch in Michigan.

(according to Kids Count Data Center)



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The United Way 211 service helps connect you with local organizations to find additional food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.