Hand2Hand Ministries at Cornerstone
1 in 5 children in West Michigan doesn’t have enough food, especially over the weekends. That’s why there’s Hand2Hand of Cornerstone — a ministry that gets food to school kids who need it! During the 2016-17 school year, our South Wyoming campus partnered with Vanguard Charter Academy and helped dozens of children through Hand2Hand. For the 2017-18 school year, we’re excited to meet even more needs! Each Cornerstone campus now partners with a local school:
84th St. Campus: Bowen Elementary
Bowen Elementary School is part of Kentwood Public Schools. It’s located on Kalamazoo Avenue, just south of 44th Street. It’s an excellent school with an ethnically and socio-economically diverse student body of about 350 kids. A majority of the children qualify for free/reduced lunch. Each week during the school year, Cornerstone Church, in collaboration with Streams of Hope Food Center, provides backpacks of food for kids over the weekend.
How To Lend a Hand
Backpack packing for Bowen is being handled by Cornerstone Student Ministries! But trust us; there are other ways you can help. We’re looking for people to shop for specific food items, monitor and organize inventory, coordinate menus, make lists of food items that are getting low, unpack donations and stock shelves, help with backpack deliveries, transporting food that is collected at 84th Street and taking it to Streams of Hope and more! (Streams of Hope is where food is stored and packing is done.)
Help Kids at Bowen Elementary
Heritage Hill Campus: Campus Elementary
Campus Elementary School is part of Grand Rapids Public Schools. It’s located on Benjamin Avenue in South East Grand Rapids. We’ve had a relationship with this school since 2013, but this year, we’re bringing Hand2Hand of Cornerstone to Campus for the first time! Campus Elementary has approximately 450 students, with a large portion receiving free and reduced breakfast and lunch. During the school year, we’re providing backpacks of food for kids over the weekends. Food is stored and packed right at Campus Elementary School!
How To Lend a Hand
There are many ways you can help! We’re looking for people to pack the backpacks twice a month, shop for specific food items, monitor and organize inventory, coordinate menus, make lists of food items that are getting low, unpack donations and stock shelves, help with backpack deliveries, set up and organizing for packing nights, transporting collected food from Cornerstone's Heritage Hill Campus to Campus Elementary and more!
Help Kids at Campus Elementary
South Wyoming Campus: Vanguard Charter Academy
Vanguard Charter Academy is a free charter school located on 52nd Street SW in Wyoming, for kids in grades Kindergarten – 8th Grade. We started Hand2Hand of Cornerstone here inJanuary 2017, serving 39 students. Vanguard is a suburban school with just less than half of the students qualifying for free and reduced breakfast/lunch. Each week during the school year, Hand2Hand of Cornerstone provides backpacks of food for kids over the weekends.
How To Lend a Hand
We’re looking for people to help at backpack packing nights twice a month, help keep the pantry at South Wyoming organized, someone to help with shopping for certain food items, deliver backpacks to the Vanguard each week, and more!
Help Kids at Vanguard Charter Academy
Hand2Hand Food Drives
Next One: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 16&17
Food Drives typically happen a couple of times a year. Hand2Hand trailers are parked at each Cornerstone campus and packed with food. Your donations then go to our three school partners, and are used to fill Hand2Hand backpacks. Here’s the Grocery List. Plus, we can always use your helping hands at the trailers on Food Drive weekends!
The first H2H of Cornerstone Food Drive is this Saturday, September 16 at 6pm at 84th St. and this Sunday, September 17 at 9:30 & 11:15am at 84th St., Heritage Hill and South Wyoming (before and during services). Info cards that include Grocery Lists are available at the Guest Services Desk at each campus, or click here for a PDF of the Grocery List.
Lend a Hand at the Food Drive!
If you’re willing to help organize during the Hand2Hand of Cornerstone Food Drive by accepting donations and helping to sort them, that would be awesome!
Have a vehicle with a hitch and can haul a medium-sized trailer? Sweet!
See How You Can Help
H.O.P.E. Gatherings (Hands of People Everywhere)
H.O.P.E. Gatherings are focused on putting together snack packs that are added to weekly Hand2Hand backpacks. West Michigan H2H partners, including Cornerstone, take turns hosting H.O.P.E. Gatherings through the year, and the public is invited to help! The goal is to pack about 2000 snack packs that are shared between Hand2Hand partners in West Michigan, including H2H of Cornerstone. H.O.P.E. Gatherings at Cornerstone are 6:30-7:30pm in Base Camp at 84th St. on these Thursdays:
September 21, 2017
November 16, 2017
January 18, 2018
March 15, 2018
We’re limited to the first 50 people who register below:
More About Hand2Hand
For more information about how Hand2Hand got started, go here.