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    Generous Hands Accomplisments for 2018

  1. Vicksburg Community Schools: 245 Friday Packs weekly and 136 Family Fare vouchers monthly.
  2. Parchment North Elementary School: 29 packs weekly.
  3. Colon Community Schools: 35 packs weekly.
  4. Provided 110 Vicksburg families enrolled in summer program $3 coupon per child per week to shop at the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market for fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese.
  5. Held the 11th annual Backpack Bonanza at Sunset Elementary, together with South County Community Services, providing 201 children with school supplies and a free lunch served by VCS. 72 elementary students received new athletic shoes from First Day Shoe Fund, paid for by Jr. League of Kalamazoo, and 50 middle and high school students received a $10 Subway gift card.
  6. Hosted the 8th annual Fall Extravaganza with a dinner, 50/50 raffle and silent auction held at Indian Run Gold Club. Profits are used to cover expenses for Vicksburg Farmers’ Market coupons and Family Fare food vouchers.
  7. Participated in the Community Tailgate, SCCS/GH Strengthening Families Picnic at Growlers baseball game, Vicksburg Farmers’ Market Kid’s Plate events, SCCS/GH holiday events.
  8. Awarded grants from Vicksburg United Way, Allegra Printing and Vicksburg Foundation.
  9. Received memorial donations to the Generous Hands Endowment Fund honoring 23 individuals.
  10. Completed strategic planning for 2018-20.

 

Financial Facts for July 16, 2016 to June 30, 2017

  1. Paid Family Fare $37,040 for monthly vouchers redeemed by our Vicksburg families for bread, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables.
  2. Spent $21,091 on food purchases for Friday Packs from the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Sam’s Club, Aldi and Meijer.
  3. Reimbursed the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market $2,140 for coupons redeemed by our families for fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese.

 

The Generous Hands Story

Generous Hands, Inc. is a small, non-profit organization, based in Vicksburg, Michigan, committed to helping families in time of need. In 2004 ten women in a local Bible study made a commitment to Vicksburg children to provide backpacks of food to those at risk to go hungry on the weekends. Our plan was simple, our concern was genuine, and the Vicksburg community supported us every inch of the way. That first year, twenty children at Sunset Lake Elementary School benefited from our commitment. Expansion to all five schools in the Vicksburg Community Schools district resulted in exponential growth of the Friday Pack program, so that during the 2015-2016 school year, over 330 Vicksburg children (and 148 children in surrounding communities where concerned citizens purchased Friday received weekly backpacks of food.

Generous Hands provides other benefits to the Vicksburg community as well. We have educated our community about hunger (more than 1 in 5 Michigan children live in poverty per 2015 Kids Count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation). We have taught many children (and adults) about the value of community service, and provided a tangible way for concerned citizens to help hungry children. We have educated both children and adults about nutrition and what a healthy diet looks like. We have encouraged our Friday Pack families to make healthier food choices by providing weekly coupons for milk, bread and eggs at our local Family Fare store, and coupons for meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables at our local Farmer's Market. Finally, we have demonstrated that difficult community problems can be addressed by concerned, ordinary people.

Current Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Jan Modderman-Hui
VICE PRESIDENT
Kay Anderson
TREASURER
Nick Lam
Anne Liggett, Assistant Treasurer
SECRETARY
Lauren Ritter
BOARD MEMBERS
Darci Schimp
Maria Shoop-Davenport
BOARD CONSULTANTS
Ginger Hill
Jennie Schmidt
Paula Schriemer, MD
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sheri Louis

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