Food 4 Kids was created in 2004 when it came to the attention of school teachers that many children were not being fed over the weekend. Our "backpack program" as it's termed, was created to provide food for each child that qualifies at the school level for assistance. Guidance counselors at the schools provide a coded list of children (not names), including the complete number of children in the household.
The week begins at Food 4 Kids by our volunteers that pack durable, rolling backpacks full of food for each household. The volunteer delivers the backpacks directly to the school, tagged for each child. The child takes the backpack home on Friday afternoon and returns them to school on Monday morning. Then, the volunteers pick up the backpacks at the school and the process starts all over again.
Backpacks can include: canned meat, canned pasta, shelf-stable milk, soup, juice boxes, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter and jelly, pudding & fruit cups, snack bars, cereal, pop tarts, crackers and non-candy snacks.
Thanks to donations and our faithful volunteers, we reach 31 schools in Marion County, providing backpacks to over 1,650 children. Food 4 Kids makes a huge difference in the lives of hungry children by enabling them to focus on learning instead of their hunger.
The program depends on the donations of time and resources from individuals, churches, businesses and organizations. The average cost per child is approximately $25.00 a month. Help us ensure that no child goes to bed hungry in Marion County. To find out more about Food 4 Kids, contact Ken or call him at 352.620.8239.