Food for Kids
Food for Kids is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest and an ever-increasing number of public schools within the food bank’s 18-county service area. The program is designed to provide healthy, easily-prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in our community – children who may be missing meals on a regular basis.
Teachers at each school compile a list of kids in their classroom who they feel are at risk of hunger. In addition to simply telling their teachers they are going hungry, many kids are observed hoarding food from the lunchroom, taking food from other children’s trays, and even taking food trashcans in order to have something to eat after school and over the weekends.
These children are discreetly given a backpack full of food for themselves (and any siblings they may have at home) every Friday throughout the school year. Reports of improved self-esteem, behavior and concentration among Food for Kids participants are common.