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Community Members Pack Suppers to Feed Students in Need


Volunteers (and children) packed nutritious items
Volunteers (and children) packed nutritious items

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.

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
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.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She 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, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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