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Bean bags, Golf Carts and Moose: Creating your Custom Event

When we talk about supporting Kids’ Food Basket, we generally think of the classic—and critical—traditional methods of getting involved: volunteering time and donating funds. But did you know that there is another type of support that is flexible, easy and with practically limitless options? 

Creating your own event is an excellent way to channel your creativity for a cause you care deeply about! You can support West Michigan kids by hosting a third-party fundraiser that is tailored to you and your passions.    

We continue to be blown away by the creativity of our community that comes together to support food equity in West Michigan. 

Cloud Security Alliance made a game out of making a difference when they hosted a cornhole tournament and dunk tank event to welcome participants to their annual CloudCon at LMCU Ballpark. Participants at the conference took their best shot to score points and raise funds while enjoying a summer evening of yard games and camaraderie.  

On a sunny summer day, there are many ways to let the time swing by, but one of the best is swinging on the golf course for a cause. Since 2013, Service Express has hosted the Driving Out Hunger Golf Classic, an exciting day of golfing while raising funds and awareness for food equity in West Michigan. Golfers have enjoyed a decade’s worth of friendly competition, playing toward a future where all kids have access to the healthy food they need to thrive.  

Sometimes, fundraising can be delicious. This year, Moose Tracks partnered with Country Fresh Dairy to bring the 10,000 Scoops Challenge to Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids. For every scoop of free ice cream served, Moose Tracks donated a dollar to KFB. The results were a tasty blend of block party atmosphere, community unity and a $15,000 donation that supports KFB’s programs.  

Whether your organization is as big as a moose or as small as a cornhole team, the ways to support your community are endless! The above are some great examples, and we’ve also seen exciting support in the form of: 

  • Givebacks on items for sale 
  • Roundups at point of sale    
  • Yard sales 
  • Wish List drives  
  • Bag decorating   
  • Bake sales   
  • Craft shows   
  • Fashion shows   
  • More! 

We are endlessly thankful for the brilliant minds and caring hearts that have created countless memorable experiences across West Michigan while supporting childhood food security. We absolutely cannot do it without you! 

Start dreaming and utilize our digital toolkit to bring your event to life! You can find it here: kidsfoodbasket.org/how-to-help/host-an-event/. What works for one organization or business may not work for others; we encourage exploring options and customizing until the result feels comfortable and exciting for your group! Please send any questions to events@kidsfoodbasket.org, and we look forward to what we can do, together!