Volunteers help Angels of Action deliver 800 food bags to local kids

Last week, more than 100 volunteers from Mecosta County came together to help Angels of Action pack 800 bags of food to provide to local children and families in need. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Last week, members of the Big Rapids area showed the strength of community by coming together to provide food to hundreds of local children.

According to a press release from Angels of Action, a nonprofit organization which delivers weekend food and other supplies to children of Mecosta County, over 60 percent of kids in the county are on a free or reduced lunch program and many families rely on the food kids get at school.

However, this became a problem for area families as most local schools were closed all last week due to arctic temperatures, ice and large amounts of snowfall.

In an effort to ensure no youth in the community was left without a meal, Angels of Action Executive Director Joni Thompson reached out to volunteers and local schools for help putting together bags of food for students.

Thompson and more than 100 volunteers gathered at Big Rapids High School on Friday, Feb. 1, and by 9 a.m. the team had put together 800 food bags to distribute to local families in need.

“I knew people would show up, but I was so overwhelmed with everyone’s eagerness to do anything they could to help,” Thompson said in the press release. “People weren’t just showing up to pack bags, they were showing up looking for more stuff to do to help. We even had kids there excited to help other kids.”

After packing the bags, volunteers drove and distributed the food to established pickup locations throughout the county. Some drivers also spent the day delivering bags directly to the homes of multiple families.

Britney Snyder, a local mother who’s children receive Angel Bags of food, said Angels of Action providing food over the weekends and during the week off from school has made a significant impact in her family’s life.

“Without Angel food bags every weekend, my children would go without the healthy snacks and meals they provide. On one income and a family of five with no food assistance, most months it’s bills or food,” Snyder said. “Most food pantries only help one time a month. Angel food bags is every weekend, and that is a blessing.”

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