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HAND2HAND

Because a hungry child hurts

aka Hand2Hand Ministries   |   Jenison, MI   |  h2hkids.org

Mission

Our mission is to eliminate local childhood hunger — one child at a time. We also believe prayer is as equally important as the food we distribute, and are committed to praying for each and every student. We deliver hope to children across West Michigan, who range from early childhood through high school. By partnering with churches and schools, we provide backpacks filled with nutritious food that’s covered in prayer.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Jodi Joseph

Main address

306 Chicago Dr.

Jenison, MI 49428 USA

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EIN

27-2973348

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hand2Hand exists because a hungry child hurts and the weekend is the most vulnerable time for a child who experiences food insecurity. Hand2Hand mobilizes schools, churches, individuals, and businesses to deliver hope to hungry children through a backpack of nutritious food. A child can't reach His God given potential if he lacks food resources. Hand2Hand gives a hand up to children by putting food directly into their hands so they have a greater opportunity to excel academically, emotionally, and physically.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lakeshore Initiative

A partnership of business leaders in our next phase of growth to serve more students along the Lakeshore in West Michigan

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Enter into 3 high need school districts in Kent County-3 year project

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Health, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fiscal Year Totals

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer Food Packing, Training of new church partners

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to government-supplemented food during COVID, our student's need for food resources decreased. (2020)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to eliminate weekend childhood hunger in West Michigan because a hungry child hurts.
By 2027 every school in West Michigan, early childhood through high school, will have a weekend food opportunity for students at risk of hunger over the 68-hour gap of Friday through Monday. They do not have to be Hand2Hand programs, but we desire every student in need in West Michigan to have access to weekend food.

We partner churches with their local school to provide resources and volunteers. After training a coordinator, each coordinator has a Regional Director who oversees them, empowers them, equips them, and resources them. Because we use volunteers and church buildings for food storage, our overhead is lower than most organizations. Businesses and individuals are invited to join in volunteering and donating to ensure children in their neighborhood have access to weekend food.

We have a proven model that works within the school. We are feeding kids, early childhood through High School and have determined a process for each level of educational schools. Hand2Hand provides a backpack opportunity or food pantry, depending on the Principal's wishes.

We are a grassroots organization who relies on volunteers and passionate coordinators, churches, businesses, and individual to feed children. Together we can eliminate childhood weekend hunger.

Hand2Hand has grown from feeding 19 kids in one elementary school in Jenison, MI to feeding over 10,365 students in 256 early childhood through high schools in West Michigan. Annual surveys from teachers, principals, and families indicate Hand2Hand is making an impact, and recipients testify to the difference we are making in their lives.

Hand2Hand provides breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner items for families and has focused on sending home fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-protein items.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HAND2HAND

Board of directors
as of 09/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Drew Nielsen

Managing Partner, Syndeo Solutions Group

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Jim Meyer

Retired President & CEO Spartan Stores, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2022

Jeff Piper

Vice President of Operations for Performance Structures at MEC

Greg VanderMeer

Lead Pastor, Fair Haven Church

Lisa Uganski

Registered Dietitian, Health Planning & Promotion Supervisor Ottawa County Department of Public Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes