What is Season of Caring?
Support local schools, pantries, and shelters by joining Season of Caring by helping us fill food bags by participating in a Donation Drive between October 2, 2023 - December 1, 2023.
For more information on that specific drive type.
What Are Hope Bags?
Holiday Hope Bags is an initiative to provide food-insecure students in Montcalm and Ionia counties with a week's worth of food during the Winter Holiday. As a majority of students rely on free school meals and after-school third-meal programs, the holiday season can add additional family stress by adjusting tight food budgets to accommodate the two weeks students are home during winter break. Hope Bags are here to support families to ensure that the winter holiday is a time to celebrate, relax, and focus on the new year ahead!
United Way aims to support 700 Montcalm and Ionia county students and 300 home-bound seniors with a week's worth of meals for Winter Break.
A $30 donation supports 1 student with a Holiday Hope Bag. Please support the United Way with its goal of raising $30,000 to support every student in need. Collected items must be dropped off at the United Way office on December 1st.
365,358 Michigan Children Live in Poverty and another 580,761 live below the ALICE Threshold
Over 500 students receive a third meal to take home every day in Montcalm and Ionia Counties
Over 15 Summer Eat Up Meet Up programs to support daily meals for students during Summer Break
Holiday Hope Bags Grocery List
All food donations must come from this pre-approved list. All donations must be nonperishable, unopened, and unexpired. Collected items must be dropped off to the United Way office on December 1st.
- Candy Canes
- Mac & Cheese
- Ramen Noodles
- Canned Soup (Chicken Noodle, etc.)
- Canned Pasta (SpaghettiOs, etc.)
- Spaghetti Noodles
- 24 oz. Pasta Sauce (No glass jars)
- Canned Vegetables
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Oatmeal (Packets)
- Tuna Fish (Can / Packet)- Fulfilled
- Gummy Fruit Snacks
- Kool-Aid Packets
- Apple Sauce (Cups)
- Pancake Mix (Add Water)
- Granola Bars
- Dessert Mixes (Cookie / Brownie)
- Muffin Mixes- Fulfilled
- Hot Chocolate (Instant Packets)