A YEAR IN REVIEW 2018
Vicksburg Community Schools: 245 Friday Packs weekly and 136 Family Fare vouchers monthly.
Parchment North Elementary Schools: 29 packs weekly.
Colon Community Schools: 35 packs weekly.
Provided 110 Vicksburg families enrolled in summer program $3 coupon per child per week to shop at the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market for fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese.
Held the 11th annual Backpack Bonanza at Sunset Elementary, together with South County Community Services, providing 201 children with school supplies and a free lunch served by VCS. 72 elementary students received new athletic shoes from First Day Shoe Fund, paid for by Jr. League of Kalamazoo, and 50 middle and high school students received a $10 Subway gift card
Hosted the 8th annual Fall Extravaganza with a dinner, 50/50 raffle and silent auction held at Indian Run Gold Club. Profits are used to cover expenses for Vicksburg Farmers’ Market coupons and Family Fare food vouchers.
Participated in the Community Tailgate, SCCS/GH Strengthening Families Picnic at Growlers baseball game, Vicksburg Farmers’ Market Kid’s Plate events, SCCS/GH holiday events.
Awarded grants from Vicksburg United Way, Allegra Printing and Vicksburg Foundation.
Received memorial donations to the Generous Hands Endowment Fund honoring
Completed strategic planning for 2018-20
Generous Hands, Inc. is a small, non-profit organization, based in Vicksburg, Michigan, committed to helping families in time of need. In 2004 ten women in a local Bible study made a commitment to Vicksburg children to provide backpacks of food to those at risk to go hungry on the weekends. Our plan was simple, our concern was genuine, and the Vicksburg community supported us every inch of the way. That first year, twenty children at Sunset Lake Elementary School benefited from our commitment. Expansion to all five schools in the Vicksburg Community Schools district resulted in exponential growth of the Friday Pack program, so that during the 2015-2016 school year, over 330 Vicksburg children (and 148 children in surrounding communities where concerned citizens purchased Friday received weekly backpacks of food.
Generous Hands provides other benefits to the Vicksburg community as well. We have educated our community about hunger (more than 1 in 5 Michigan children live in poverty per 2015 Kids Count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation). We have taught many children (and adults) about the value of community service, and provided a tangible way for concerned citizens to help hungry children. We have educated both children and adults about nutrition and what a healthy diet looks like. We have encouraged our Friday Pack families to make healthier food choices by providing weekly coupons for milk, bread and eggs at our local Family Fare store, and coupons for meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables at our local Farmer's Market. Finally, we have demonstrated that difficult community problems can be addressed by concerned, ordinary people.
July 16, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Generous Hands paid Family Fare $37,442 for monthly vouchers redeemed by our Vicksburg families for bread, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables.
Generous Hands spent $15,440 on food purchases for Friday Packs from the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Sam’s Club and Meijer.
Generous Hands reimbursed the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market $2,336 in 2018 for coupons redeemed by our families for fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese.
Current Board of Directors
Anne Liggett, Assistant Treasurer
Paula Schriemer, MD