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Beach Picnic basket awarded grant


A local organization that makes sure kids don’t go hungry at night received a shot in the arm last week, in the form of a grant.

Beach Picnic Basket was formed five years ago, when Robin DeLine, a secretary at Beach Elementary, realized that some of the children were going home after school and not eating again until school the next day. So she created the program that sends home 100 meals a day with students from preschool to high school.

Kevin Pike from Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, recently presented DeLine, the director of Beach Picnic Basket, a check for $500.00 from the York Children’s Foundation. Bliss-Witters & Pike purchases their caskets from York, and nominated Beach Picnic Basket for the grant. The York Children’s Foundation was established in 1992 to disburse funds to non-profit organizations that work for the benefit of children. During the 2012-13 school year, Beach Picnic Basket sent home 15,000 meals for children who would otherwise not receive an evening meal.

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Beach Picnic Basket hosts successful charity fun run

N-Beach-Picnic-Run1N-Beach-Picnic-Run3Beach Picnic Basket hosted its first Run to End Hunger 3K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday June 1. Almost 90 community members participated in the event located on the campus of Cedar Springs Public Schools.

The 3K Fun Run/Walk raised $2,000 for Beach Picnic Basket, a non-profit organization that provides meals to food insecure students in Cedar Springs Public Schools. Beach Picnic Basket provided over 15,000 meals to CSPS students during the 2012-2013 school year.

N-Beach-Picnic-Run2All participants received a participation ribbon. Trophies were also awarded to the first place male and female in each of the following categories: adult runner, youth runner, and walker. The winners were: adult runners Brandon Smith and Shannon Potter; youth runners Ben VanDusen and Isabelle Korody; walkers Joshua Craig and Abigail Twork.

Everyone had a wonderful time while raising money to help children in their community.

Anyone interested in more information about Beach Picnic Basket can visit the organization’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/beachspicnicbasket/ or email the director Robin DeLine at beachpicnicbasket@gmail.com. Mrs. DeLine also works in the office of Beach Elementary in Cedar Springs.

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Beach Picnic Basket Organization– Attacking Childhood Hunger!

Beach Picnic Basket (BPB) is a non-profit organization partner with Cedar Springs Public Schools to identify children who live in food insecure households. BPB celebrated its third year of serving the children of Cedar Springs Public Schools and its second year partnering with Cedar Springs Public Schools. Through Beach Picnic Basket, these children receive a nutritious meal to bring home at the end of every school day as well as an extra breakfast item for the weekend.

As a result of the BPB partnership with the school district, the generous support of the community, and individual volunteers, Beach Picnic Basket served 124 students and is continuing to grow. The organization provided over 19,400 meals to the students of Cedar Springs Public Schools throughout the 2011-2012 school year.

As a non-profit organization, Beach Picnic Basket relies greatly on its partnership with others in the community. By partnering with the Cedar Springs Public School District, the organization is able to easily identify those students who would benefit most from its services. Additionally, CSPS provides a centralized and convenient location for the packing, storage, and delivery of the meals. Beach Picnic Basket also partners with the RITZ 1 program. Students within the R1TZ 1 program volunteer their time packing and delivering the meals. Beach Picnic Basket also relies greatly on the individual donations of members within the Cedar Springs community. If you are interested in donating your time or resources, please contact Robin DeLine at (616) 696-8546 or (616) 696-0350.

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Beach picnic basket

By Pastor Darryl Miller

Four years ago, Robin DeLine saw something that she knew wasn’t right. Some of the children at Beach Elementary school were not getting supper. When they left the school, they would not eat another meal until the next day. So she started the Beach Picnic Basket program. Now Robin and a couple of volunteers make and distribute 100 meals a day to students from pre-school to high school seniors. The program is run solely on donations, and more requests are expected as the school year continues.

“We are always in need of volunteers to help make sandwiches and pack the meals,” said Wendy Conely, a volunteer who has been with the program since it’s beginning. Their motto is: “No child in Cedar Springs Public School will go to bed hungry.”

Would you be willing to help? You can contact Robin at the school at 696-0350. Items needed are: peanut butter, jam, fruitcups or puddings, individually wrapped items (granola bars, fruit snack, cookies, etc.), any fresh fruit, bread, Ziplock sandwich and brown lunch bags, and juice pouches. Monetary donations are also welcome, because they are also fortunate enough to be able to purchase items at a reduced price from Feeding America and the North Kent Community Services.

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