Healthy Food for Our Neighbors

Institute for Global Education 




Dear IGE Friend, 

The Institute for Global Education, a 501c3 not for profit all volunteer organization, which advances the causes of peace, justice, diversity and non violence in West Michigan, invites you to participate with us in two new  initiatives here in our community. As an all volunteer organization,  we do this work with the financial support of our friends.  

We want to offer you the opportunity to partner with us in an outreach program to the homeless. We  have joined with the St Mark’s Episcopal Church Saturday Breakfast program where we distribute, on a monthly basis, essential items to homeless people at the  breakfast. This includes masks, hand sanitizer, hand and foot warmers, and protein bars. We have learned that there is a great need for socks for men and women and would like to add them to the bags we distribute. Donations of new socks and/or funds to purchase socks and other items are needed. Sock material should be of synthetic fabric which washes easily and dries quickly. 

In partnership with AmeriCorps volunteers and the Ecosocialist Committee of the Grand Rapids Democratic Socialists of America, a special summer project, “Healthy Food for Our Neighbors ” is being launched.  Volunteers will be planting and growing vegetables to be distributed through various community venues.  Contributions of plants and gardening supplies, including manure, woodchips, and ground coverings, or the funds to purchase those items, are needed. 

Your past support is greatly appreciated and we hope that you will consider supporting these two initiatives for those in need in our community.  Donations can be made online at igegr.orgblank

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Kim McKeon, Chairperson

Kate Shockey, Co-Chairperson

Institute for Global Education Board