GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With the announcement from Governor Gretchen Whitmer that schools throughout Michigan will be closed for three weeks, some are concerned that kids who rely on school meals will go without.
During the closure, which will last from March 16 through April 5, Kids' Food Basket says it will look to fill in those gaps by continuing to provide evening meals and other nutritional services at several distribution locations.
The organization says its number one priority is the safety and health of its staff, volunteers and all those they serve, but they don't plan to shut down any services, even as efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 have ground many other businesses to a halt.
In a statement, the organization says it is performing regular cleaning at all of its buildings, and making sure all volunteers are healthy before coming in to help. Volunteers are also required to wear proper hair coverings, wash their hands and use gloves.
Speaking of volunteers, Kids' Food Basket is currently in need of more to help prepare and pack food.
If you are healthy and want to lend a hand, you can sign up by visiting kidsfoodbasket.org.
If you're unable to help, donations are also appreciated.