Summer Food for Kids + Food for Kids

Summer Food For Kids

Donate Now Summer Food for Kids is a collaboration between Second Harvest, public schools and community partners within the food bank’s 18-county service area. Summer Food for Kids is a partnership with local food pantries, churches and organizations offering summer programs for children at risk of hunger.

The program provides healthy, easily prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in East TN, children who miss meals on a regular basis. Thousands of children, whose teachers feel they are at risk of hunger, participate in the regular school year Food for Kids program. Child hunger doesn’t stop when school breaks for summer.

Summer Food for Kids provides these children with food on a weekly basis at a distribution site every week during the summer. Common reports of improved self-esteem, behavior and concentration occur among Summer Food for Kids participants.

Summer Food for Kids by the Numbers:

  • 15—the current number of counties in which the program operates
  • 87—the current number of participating partners
  • 6,500+—the current number of children benefitting from the program
  • $25—average cost per child to provide healthy food during the summer
  • $0—the cost to the schools/children receiving Food for Kids food

For more information and to learn how to get involved, please contact Sam, Youth Programs Manager

Food for Kids

Donate NowFood for Kids is a collaboration between Second Harvest and public schools within the food bank’s 18-county service area. The program provides healthy, easily-prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in our community. These vulnerable children likely miss meals on a regular basis. Teachers at each school compile a list of students in their classroom who may be at risk of hunger to receive food from the program.

In addition to simply telling their teachers they are going hungry, many children hoard food from the lunchroom, take food from other children’s trays and even take food from trashcans to have something to eat after school and over the weekends. These children are discreetly given 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.

Food for Kids by the Numbers:

  • 18—the current number of counties in which the program operates
  • 280—the current number of participating schools
  • 12,600+—the current number of children benefitting from the program
  • 50+—number of schools that are not yet on board within our 18-county service area
  • 1,100,000+—the number of meals provided by Food for Kids this year
  • $100—average cost per child to provide healthy food each week for a full school year
  • 25+—the number of FULL truckloads of deeply discounted food distributed each year
  • $0—the cost to the schools/children receiving Food for Kids food

For more information, please email Youth Programs Manager, Sam.