Welcome to the Hands2Hands Website!
Hands2Hands is a community outreach program in Plainwell, Michigan with the goal of distributing weekly nutritional food to local school children who are in need of assistance.
Children selected to receive a weekly food bag are identified by their schools as qualifying for the federal free meal program. Each Friday afternoon during the school year Hands2Hands then provides a food bag to each child for them to take home to help ensure their nutritional needs are met.
Hands2Hands is financed entirely by donations and the food bag assembly and distribution is completed by an all volunteer team. Hands2Hands is 501(c)(3) corporation so all donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for visiting our web site and please consider donating your time or money to help Hands2Hands make a real difference in the life of a child.
The Plainwell school district as a whole has 33.78% economically disadvantaged students out of the 2,747 total students enrolled.
Starr Elementary has 233 free lunch kids and 16 reduced cost lunch kids or 45.44% economically disadvantaged students of the 538 students enrolled.
Gilkey Elementary has 125 free lunch kids and 17 reduced cost lunch kids or 33.26% economically disadvantaged students of the 430 students enrolled.
Cooper Elementary has 51 free lunch kids and 16 reduced cost lunch kids or 26.91% economically disadvantaged students of the 247 students enrolled.
2013-2014 Hand2Hands Statistics
The average number of children served each week was 159. A total of 56,695 food items were distributed in 5, 568 food bags. In addition, vouchers for free milk and bread were distributed monthly and a total of 1,026 were redeemed.
2012-2013 Hand2Hands Statistics
51,491 items distributed in 5,024 weekend food bags. Snacks were placed in children’s lockers and also provided to teachers to use as needed. In 2013 we also started putting some snack items at the middle school. In addition, 143 tubs of cookie dough were donated by an individual so each child in our program could have one.
National Child Hunger Statistics*
- One out of every six children in the United States, (12.4 million), is at risk of hunger.
- Over 62% of children in the US public school systems are on the Free or Reduced Price Meal program.
- Childhood hunger can lead to weaker immune systems and increased hospitalization rates.
- Poor nutrition early in life can impair neural development and lead to a lower IQ.
- Unmet nutritional needs make it difficult for children to learn, pay attention in class or behave properly in order to retain what they learn.
- Data shows that a hungry child is sick more often and has a lower level of academic achievement.