Organizing meals for kids while schools closed

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — While most kids are rejoicing over the extra snow days brought on by this blast of winter weather, some are missing meals.

A Hudsonville-based group is reaching out to try to keep that from happening. Hand2Hand provides meals to thousands of school kids in 40 West Michigan districts on weekends. Now it is extending service through the storm.

"As you can see, we’ve a bunch of these (meals) getting ready to go to our church partners," Hand2Hand Founder and Executive Director Cheri Honderd showed 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.

Every Thursday and Friday, Hand2Hand partner church volunteers go to participating schools and hand out food to children from preschool to high school who participate in free and reduced-price meal programs.

"We have 104 churches going in to 160 schools, right now feeding 5,700 kids," Honderd said. "We deliver hope through a bag of weekend food."

It's a way to get kids through the weekend until they're back in school, where a meal is guaranteed.

But this week, Mother Nature voided that guarantee. The area's largest district, Grand Rapids Public Schools, will thanks to the winter weather. Others are following suit

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