Lending a Hand

To serve students in Byron Center Schools, about 40 volunteers recently helped pack 402 food bags, 223 summer fun bags, over 300 snack packs and stocked the food pantry at Byron Center High School.

The volunteers, real-estate agents from Keller Williams RiverTown Realty branch, participated in “Give Where They Live” to support Hand2Hand Ministries, for their annual day of service.

Volunteers (and children) packed nutritious items

Hand2Hand started in 2008 by Fair Haven Ministries of Hudsonville, to address a growing problem of poverty and hunger in the suburbs. Last year, the program fed more than 3,000 students in West Michigan including 155 students in Byron Center.

Byron Center Public School students will bring home summer fun bags thanks to Hand2Hand Ministries

Hand2Hand volunteers discreetly deliver backpacks stocked with food for children to bring home with them. Jodi Joseph, wife of Byron Center High School Principal Scott Joseph started the Byron Center extension of Hand2Hand Ministries to serve Byron Center students. The district has a free- and reduced lunch rate of about 29 percent.



Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2012. Read Erin's full bio


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