Your Kids' Food Basket Team
Because I believe that healthy, nourishing food should be a right, not a privilege. And KFB is a place where radical love happens, every day.
BRIDGET CLARK WHITNEY
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING CEO
Good food has the power to shape lives. Together, we are working toward a future where all children have the nourishment they need to thrive.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
I can connect necessary resources to making critical impact in our community.
ASHLEY DIERSCH, CFRE
The world needs more love, and I want to be part of it!
VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
Because all kids have a right to healthy food.
Vice President of Programming
My life is more satisfying when I am serving others; providing children with healthy food that allows them to grow, learn, play and live makes my heart full.
DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
I want to empower people with the tools they need to support themselves.
FARM SITE LEAD
We are placed on this earth to serve a purpose greater than ourselves. Serving others (especially kids) brings joy to my heart!
Every kid deserves to thrive and I love knowing that what we do is helping with that.
SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER
By providing the necessary foods for optimal growth and development, we provide the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.
REGIONAL PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Our future starts with healthy nourishment of our children.
MANAGER OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES
SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST
I believe access to healthy, nourishing food is paramount to strengthening our community.
You cannot be a community member if you ignore the call from your neighbors in need.
Kids need something to look forward to so they can have hope; I want to help with that.
Regional Volunteer Experience Coordinator
Because all children should have the freedom to laugh, play and be a kid without worrying where their next meal will come from. She/Her
Teaching children about growing and preparing nutritious food empowers them to make healthy choices for a lifetime.
ANNE MARIE FERRATT
Because representation matters.
I help connect people to learn and work together as a team, and we can do so much more as a collective team!
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST
Making an impact on my community is important to me; and I am lucky enough to not only enjoy my work, but also feel at the end of the day that I am making a difference.
SENIOR MANAGER OF EDUCATION
I want more than a job; I want to come to work every day and make a positive impact in my community.
DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY
I want to take part in a proactive role that works to strengthen the community.
EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Because a child's success should not be limited to factors out of their control.
DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
Because increasing healthy food access & education is essential to growing healthier generations.
Farm Site Lead
I want my daughter to grow up in a world where no child's future is limited by their inability to access basic needs.
Every day, I am part of the climb toward equity and social justice.
Because access to healthy food should be a right not a privilege.
It is my responsibility to be a changemaker for a brighter, healthier and more equitable tomorrow.
STEPHANIE KERR CATHEY
Because access to healthy food is a right everyone deserves!
Growing with community.
Because kids are our future.
EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Because no one deserves to be hungry in our community.
NOURISH PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Audre Lorde said it best: "We share a common interest, survival, and it cannot be pursued in isolation from others."
REGIONAL VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
Because good food is the foundation of good health.
DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL FUND
To connect with the community and facilitate important conversations.
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
Because I believe community and access to nutritious food are central to our health.
Volunteer Experience Coordinator
I believe that access to nourishing food is an unalienable right of all people.
Because every child deserves food security.
FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST
Because every day, I hope to add a touch of love to the work that we do in West Michigan!
Because the most important role of a community is to support all of its members.
MANAGER OF NOURISH PROGRAM
I've experienced the difficulties of growing up in a food insecure household, and I wish to eradicate those difficulties in our community.
Donor Relations Coordinator
I feel very motivated by the volunteers and staff here; they encourage me to want to make a difference in kids' lives!
Warehouse and Inventory Coordinator
She gets to serve her community and learn from everyone involved with KFB.
Everyone deserves the right to basic needs like healthy food.
I'm able to contribute as a valued employee to an organization that is loved and supported by the community and is dedicated to making West Michigan a better place.
Director of Finance and Information Technology
Children may be 30% of our state's population, but they are 100% of our future. Eating healthy shouldn't be an impossible choice for them.
DIRECTOR OF GRANTS AND EVALUATION
The impact this work has on the children and families in my own community.
REGIONAL PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Because growing brains and bodies deserve access to and education about healthy, nourishing food.
EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
I love working with our community with the same goal, nourishing and educating children in West Michigan.
Philanthropy and Events Coordinator
Nourishing, nutritious food is a human right and no one, especially children, should have to worry about the source of their next meal.
Board and Advisory Members
Inspired by our mission, every board and committee member is dedicated to making an impact in West Michigan.
Mary Command – President and Treasurer
Jessie Jones – Vice President
Mario Cascante – Secretary
Luna Restaurant Group
Mary K. Hoodhood – Founder
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids Griffins
By Phalesha Events, LLC
Dr. Ronald Grifka
University of Michigan Health-West
Integrity Tree Service
Superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools
Muskegon Advisory Board
Ottawa + Allegan Advisory Board
Advisory Board Chair
Advisory Board Vice-Chair
Kids' Food Basket Committees
The Ambassador Committee is comprised of members of our community that would like to represent Kids’ Food Basket in spaces that staff members do not have the capacity to fill. This committee will search out strategic opportunities for members to speak to the community on behalf of Kids’ Food Basket. Both staff and the committee team will gather to discuss availability of group to attend events or gatherings in the communities we serve and decide what aligns well with the promotion and mission of Kids’ Food Basket.
While members of this committee will have training on public speaking and Kids’ Food Basket related material, ideally we are looking for committee members that meet at least one of the following: have a variety of community connections; have a fair amount of availability on weeknights or weekends to fit the attendance needs; has past or current public speaking knowledge; can easily connect with and seek out community members to talk to of all diverse backgrounds and ages. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Evaluation Task Force will help establish and advise on the three-year strategic plan for evaluation at Kids’ Food Basket. This will include ensuring we have a sound Theory of Change for the organization, Logic Models for each of our programs, that the data we are collecting and the data collection methods we are utilizing are sufficient for measuring program outputs and outcomes. The committee will also weigh in on evaluation software, provide considerations for analyses, and ensure that the lens of equity is applied throughout our evaluation practices. The task force may also aid with complex analysis methodologies, the creation of data visualizations, and help reduce bias in our evaluation plans and analyses.
Ideal members of the evaluation committee would include evaluation professionals from nonprofits, universities, or consulting firms; business or data analysts; economists; individuals with extensive experience in software such as Excel, Power BI, and NVivo; anyone involved in assessing the impacts of programs designed to reduce food insecurity or improve health outcomes; or teachers, principals or school administrators who have experience assessing interventions and program outcomes with students. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at email@example.com.
The Finance Committee is delegated fiduciary duties by the Board of Directors. Oversight duties include quarterly review of financials, annual budget review, annual independent audit participation and as needed projects. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fund Development Committee collaborates with Kids’ Food Basket Development Team to recruit new potential financial donors. With support from the Development Team, members will explore prospects within their personal and professional networks and create a plan to engage them with Kids’ Food Basket’s mission. Members also participate in a variety of annual activities such as donor stewardship calls and events. Lastly, the committee provides valuable input on Kids’ Food Basket’s organization wide fundraising initiatives. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at email@example.com.
A new committee in the works! If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marketing Committee collaborates with Kids’ Food Basket Marketing and Communications team to increase the organization’s revenue through various marketing tactics. With support from this group, members will explore prospects within their personal and professional networks and create a plan to engage new Kids’ Food Basket champions.
As seasoned marketing and communication professionals, we want to utilize your expertise and skills to collaborate on new marketing strategy and tactics, particularly digital giving opportunities.
In addition, we ask that members participate in a variety of annual activities such as donor stewardship events and spirit campaigns such as Feast for Kids and Go Orange. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at email@example.com.
Students on the YAB will spend the year learning more about Kids’ Food Basket, fundraising, and building community. They will also oversee bringing “Kids’ Food Basket Week” to their school during the month of March. The board meets once per month to work on planning for this event with other students (both from their school and other schools). If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Young Professionals Board at Kids’ Food Basket is dedicated to growing our future generation of Young Professionals in both our non-profit and for-profit communities. Members will range between the ages of 18-35. The goal of this committee is to cultivate members with learning opportunities and allow agency with guidance over Kids’ Food Basket event planning, community engagement, and financial development.
Members should want to be engaged in philanthropy. All backgrounds and knowledge levels are welcome. Ideal members would have at least one of the following characteristics: Interest in learning about non-profit work, from development to education; mindset of growth and creativity for the future of Kids’ Food Basket; and the commitment to educating yourself on all aspects of our growing society in relation to food access. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at email@example.com.
For 20 years, Kids’ Food Basket has embodied diversity, equity and love, which has positioned us as leaders in community health. We believe that good food is the foundation of good health and good health is the foundation to a good future. This is essential to creating a stronger and healthier West Michigan. The advisory board in conjunction with Kids’ Food Basket Leadership, will help lead the advisory board to ensure Kids’ Food Basket Ottawa + Allegan is meeting its programmatic goals. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 20 years, Kids’ Food Basket has embodied diversity, equity and love, which has positioned us as leaders in community health. We believe that good food is the foundation of good health and good health is the foundation to a good future. This is essential to creating a stronger and healthier West Michigan. The advisory board in conjunction with Kids’ Food Basket Leadership, will help lead the advisory board to ensure Kids’ Food Basket Muskegon is meeting its programmatic goals. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Ashley at email@example.com.