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PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Deputy Director Kathy Angerer Joins 15,000 Scoop Challenge to Support Kids’ Food Basket and Local Programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Deputy Director Kathy Angerer participated in the 15,000 Scoop Challenge in Grand Rapids hosted by Moose Tracks, County Fresh and Kids’ Food Basket —a challenge designed to raise $15,000 for Kids’ Food Basket in just four hours. For every scoop of ice cream eaten, Moose Tracks is donating $1 with the goal of scooping 15,000 free Country Fresh Moose Tracks Ice Cream cones.  

“I was honored to participate in this fun challenge to celebrate not only our strong dairy industry here in Michigan but to highlight how food and agriculture can bring communities together while supporting a great organization like Kids’ Food Basket,” said Deputy Director Angerer. “Moose Tracks Ice Cream was created at Jilbert Dairy in the Upper Peninsula. You don’t get more ‘Made in Michigan’ than Michigan Ice Cream!” 

The 15,000 Scoop Challenge was made possible in large part to Country Fresh, who donated all of the ice cream that was handed out to families, local businesspeople and Grand Rapids community members. 


Kids’ Food Basket aims to pursue a hunger-free West Michigan in a way that promotes the experiences and passion of the local community. The organization believes healthy food is a right, not a privilege, for every child in Michigan.

“Governor Whitmer is committed to ensuring every Michigander has access to healthy, affordable food, especially our children. Her bipartisan budget includes $160 million to provide free breakfast and lunch to every kid and forgive all school meal debt. This bold investment allows young Michiganders access healthy, nourishing meals,” add Angerer. “Additionally, within the upcoming budget, Kids’ Food Basket will receive $1 million to better address food insecurities.”

The program began by providing 125 students at three schools in Kent County with nourishing evening meals in a brown bag, which they called Sack Suppers. Nearly 20 years later, thanks to the support of a diverse range of community partners, they have grown to now serve thousands of children and families in four counties throughout West Michigan every day.