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Presidents' Ball food distributed to Grand Rapids families

  • Food from Presidents' Ball was able to be used to help feed Grand Rapids area families on Feb. 1.
  • Food from Presidents' Ball was able to be used to help feed Grand Rapids area families on Feb. 1.
  • Food from Presidents' Ball was able to be used to help feed Grand Rapids area families on Feb. 1.
  • Food from Presidents' Ball was able to be used to help feed Grand Rapids area families on Feb. 1.

Posted on February 01, 2019

Although Grand Valley’s annual Presidents’ Ball event was canceled due to weather, the more than 500 hot meals that had been pre-prepared for the event didn’t go to waste.

Thanks to special efforts undertaken by Grand Valley staff and catering staff, the prepared meals were distributed to families and children in Grand Rapids. Grand Valley served meals at the David D. Hunting YMCA, Godfrey Lee Public Schools and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.

“Even though we weren't able to have the night we were expecting, someone else was able to enjoy an awesome meal and that makes me really proud,” said Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin.

Jenkin also said her heart went out to the students and staff who have been working on the event for months, along with those who were expected to be recognized at the event.

“I know the university will come together and find a way to acknowledge all of these folks and their hard work, it is the Grand Valley way,” Jenkin said.