Hand2Hand of 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 kids during the school year who need it for each weekend!
Childhood Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation!
Without school breakfasts. lunches and weekend food assistance through Hand2Hand of Cornerstone, kids can really struggle with hunger when school’s out. That's why Cornerstone, and our Hand2Hand partner, Vanguard Charter Academy, are sponsoring a Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Truck every 3rd Monday this summer.
Where: Vanguard Charter Academy, 1620 52nd Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
When: Mondays: June 17, July 15, August 19
Setup begins at 4pm – Food distribution begins at 5pm.
You can help by setting up tables, unloading the truck, packaging up bulk food items, checking guests in, distributing food and cleaning up. Please sign up to help volunteer on one of the dates and tell us how many people will be serving with you. Thank you, Cornerstone!
Count Me/Us In!
Bowen Elementary School
Bowen Elementary 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.
Campus Elementary School
Campus Elementary 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 2017-18 was the first year at Campus for Hand2Hand. There are approximately 450 students, with a large portion receiving free and reduced breakfast/lunch.
Vanguard Charter Academy
Vanguard Charter is a free charter school located on 52nd Street SW in Wyoming, for kids in grades Kindergarten – 8th Grade. Vanguard is a suburban school with just less than half of the students qualifying for free and reduced breakfast/lunch.
How Can I Help?
- Donate food
Most Needed Items:
- Microwave Popcorn
- Fruit Snacks
- Granola Bars
- Peanut Butter: 16-18oz plastic jars
- Red Beans & Rice: single-serving boxes
- Fruit Cups
- Cereal Bars (like Nutrigrain or pastry style bars)
- Canned Vegetables: 15oz cans (Corn, peas, green beans, black beans, refried beans, mixed veggies)
- Peanut Butter (16oz plastic jars)
- Cans of refried beans (16oz cans)
- Macaroni & Cheese (7.5oz boxes)
- Fruit Cups
Note: You can also pick up Grocery Lists from the Hand2Hand Grocery Carts at any Cornerstone Campus
- Donate clean, dry, and smoke-free plastic grocery bags (used for packing the food)
Help on packing nights (Packing for Bowen and Vanguard happens Wednesday Nights at South Wyoming's campus. Packing for Campus Elementary happens at the school nearly every other Thursday night)
Pack for Bowen Elementary and Vanguard
Pack for Campus Elementary
- Deliver totes of packed food from South Wyoming's campus to Vanguard and Bowen Elementary
- Deliver bags of food to student’s lockers
We're here to help! Contact the Hand2Hand coordinator at your Cornerstone Campus:
84th St.: Contact Laurie Tindle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Hill: Contact Orea Molina at email@example.com
South Wyoming: Contact Sheryl Korn at firstname.lastname@example.org
More About Hand2Hand
For more information about how Hand2Hand got started, go here.