“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Together we can do so much.
God has brought together 72 churches with over 80 dedicated coordinators, over 1,200 amazing volunteers, and numerous businesses and individuals who donate food or give financially, so that we are able to feed over 4,000 kids in His Name!
Together we can do so much.
Together, we are in 113 schools in 27 school districts feeding kids ages 3-18 who lack weekend food resources. Together, we deliver hope through a bag of food packed with love and prayers. Because of our amazing God and working together, we are shining His light into our communities as we feed and pray for our students.
As one teacher stated, "One of my students is currently homeless. She and her family travel between different houses of family members. Through Hand2Hand she always knows there will be some food on the weekend, no matter where she lays her head. That brings her great comfort and joy. Thank you."
Another teacher said,“I know how important Hand2Hand is when I hear kids tell me daily that they are hungry. I had a child ask me for a snack and state that ‘mom said we can’t get anymore food until she gets paid again.’ Thank you for the HUGE impact you are making on these kids for the better!”
Together we CAN do so much.
I am grateful because with God’s leading and blessing, together we ARE doing so much!
Cheri Honderd, Founder and Executive Director
(Special thanks to Carrie, one of our area Hand2Hand coordinators who feeds kids weekly in Spring Lake. She gifted me with this bracelet because she understands this as the theme of Hand2Hand!)
Every Community Needs A Pastor Chris
I am often asked how we are different from other organizations who feed kids. While we are different in many ways, one way is that we feed children from early childhood centers through high school while most of the other organizations focus only on elementary students.
Chris, a pastor of one of our Hand2Hand churches, is partnered with an urban junior high school and he recently shared his first encounter with the principal of the school.
Chris: If our church could come alongside of you and help you in one area, what would that be?
Principal: Do you have any drug counselors at your church? Drugs have always been in our school but we are finding that kids are beginning to sell them now.
Chris (slightly surprised by the request): I’m not sure we have anyone qualified to be a drug counselor. If we don’t, is there any other way we can come alongside of you to support and encourage your students?
Principal: Can you feed our kids so they aren’t hungry over the weekend? Hunger is a real problem for them.
Chris: We can do that! Have you ever heard about Hand2Hand?
When I heard that the principal requested drug counselors for his junior high students, I was stunned and saddened and it reaffirmed once again that Hand2Hand must go into all of our schools. Every child matters, regardless of age and Hand2Hand will do all we can to support, encourage, feed, and pray for all children. According to the National Education Association, adolescence is a “period of brain growth which marks the beginning of a person's ability to problem solve, think critically, plan, and control impulses.” If they are lacking in food and nutrition as an adolescent, they may struggle the rest of their lives.
I’m so thankful for pastors like Chris who desire to impact kids and love like Jesus in their local community. Today students at this Junior High School are being fed over the weekend. Every community needs pastors who have the courage and tenacity to rise up and make a difference. Chris’ church also provides after school activities and many students come to these activities with their Hand2Hand weekend food. He knows his church is making a difference. They are bringing hope, love, prayers, and food to kids who need a 'hand up' to excel in life.
Hand2Hand strives to feed any hungry child, early childhood through high school because every child, regardless of age, is significant in God’s eyes and in our eyes. We believe every child has been created with a God given potential and Hand2Hand seeks to help them reach that potential by providing weekend food to strengthen and nourish them.
I'm thankful for ALL of our 73 church partners, pastors, and volunteers who love like Jesus!
Coordinator Mary DeWys from Mason County Reformed Church shared how her church would be sending a little extra love to their students for Valentines Day! We love seeing our church partners go above and beyond!!
A mom said, “Receiving Hand2Hand means so much to me. We are in a tough spot right now and it’s a relief to know my kids have food but what means just as much is coming home from work on Friday and seeing the H2H food. We aren’t alone - people care and it gives me hope for the future. Someday I want to give back to Hand2Hand and bring others hope too.”
Hand2Hand serves families who are sometimes in the midst of medical expenses, divorce, job loss, or who simply have a lower wage job. They need the food but they tend to especially appreciate knowing that they aren’t alone. And many of our families do give back to Hand2Hand through volunteering and donating food once they have their feet on the ground.
For the last 9 years Hand2Hand churches, volunteers, and donors have walked alongside and brought hope, food, and prayers to thousands of families who are going through a difficult financial time.
We are honored to walk beside children and families as they are experiencing tough times and to bring them a glimpse of God who sees them, knows them, and loves them. They are never out of His sight.
Maybe you also need to know that you are never out of God's sight and that His love for you is amazing. (Psalm 139)
There is hope. And Hand2Hand will always seek to deliver His hope to the families we serve and to all who join us in feeding them.
Micah Childress from 5 Star Realty in Grandville hosted a bowling party this past Sunday night for clients and acquaintances from the real estate community. He asked those attending to bring food to donate to Hand2Hand. As a result, 290.4 pounds of food was collected throughout the night!
THANK YOU 5 Star Realty for helping put a smile on children's faces!!