Help a child grow today!
10,780 children in the Siouxland area face hunger every day. Many of these children are afraid to admit they don't have enough to eat. With your support, the BackPack Program: Food for Kids will help reach these children. This program allows these hungry children to have nourishment during the weekend, when they do not have access to the meals provided during the school week.
As the organization leading the charge for the BackPack Program: Food for Kids, during the 2018-2019 school year, the Food Bank is responsible for procuring the food for the weekly sacks given to approximately 1,800 area elementary school children and coordinating the assembly of the food sacks for ten area schools. By providing a weekly sack of "kid-friendly," shelf-stable food to get students through the weekend when school means are not available, the Food Bank strives for the following outcomes:
- Remove the barrier of hunger that contributes to poor school performance and attendance.
- Reduce health problems in children served by mitigating the negative consequences of under-nutrition.
- Empower children themselves to help meet their own needs by providing foods they can manage independently that offer essential nutritional values.
- Increase nutritional intake of participating students by providing food sacks of healthy food items, limiting sugars and "empty" calories.
Please make a donation today to help our school-aged children start Monday off ready to learn with a full belly. Help change hunger for our children.