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 students 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 from trash cans in order to have something to eat after school and over the weekend.
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.
For more information, please email our Food for Kids Coordinator, Sam Compton: Sam@secondharvestetn.org