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School, community step up to feed families at holidays

Godfrey-Lee — Around the corner from Lee Middle and High School, Godfrey-Lee Kent School Services Network coordinators distributed food to families at their second holiday food drive this year. 

Families of Godfrey-Lee students started lining up outside Lee Street Christian Reformed Church 40 minutes before the 8:30 a.m. start time.  

KSSN coordinators Jackee Thompson and Jocelyn Coria greeted each person in line and directed them towards the food boxes available first-come, first-serve. 

Seventy-five boxes were handed out before 9 a.m., and another 50 boxes of traditional Mexican meal ingredients were delivered mid-morning by El Milagro of Michigan.

During their previous food drive in November, 137 Godfrey-Lee families received a Thanksgiving food basket, thanks to additional community partners Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lakers Feed Families and New Hope Baptist Church.

Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center’s KSSN coordinator Marissa Ramsundar didn’t let uneven bumps in the parking lot stop her from operating the rolling cart to help families carry boxes and bags of fruit to their cars.

From left, Godfrey-Lee KSSN coordinators Marissa Ramsundar, Meghan Deckinga, Jocelyn Coria and Jackee Thompson at the holiday food drive at Lee Street Christian Reformed Church

Meghan Deckinga, Godfrey Elementary’s KSSN coordinator, oversaw the operation and smiled at each family member who came through.

“There’s a lot of need this holiday season,” she said. “We want to help as much as we can.” 

Read more from Godfrey Lee: 
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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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