Every year for the past 20-plus years The Kiwanis of Riverview provide complete Easter dinners to 10 Riverview needy families. Two weeks before Easter Kiwanis members shop at the Meijer in Woodhaven for all the food items including a ham and candy for the children.
Employees of Meijer’s pack up the food for the family’s into boxes for pickup by the Kiwanis. On the weekend before Easter the Kiwanis picks up the food from Meijer and delivers it to Seitz Middle School for storage until it can be repacked for the 10 individual family’s.
The families are identified by the Riverview Community School District. These families participate in the free and reduced lunch program. The schools will give a list to one Kiwanis member who calls the families to ask if they would like to participate. The only requirement the Kiwanis add is that the family have someone home to accept the food when it is delivered.
This year with help from the Riverview Community High School Key Club and the Seitz Middle School Builders Club, the Kiwanis repacked the food for delivery.
The process of repacking includes unloading the 30 boxes of food and separating into individual boxes for delivery.
The Key Club and Builders Club load the food into the Kiwanis vehicles for delivery. The delivery is done by the Kiwanis only to maintain the anonymity of the recipients.
This program is then repeated in the fall for Thanksgiving.