Food 2 Kids
The Food 2 Kids program provides weekend meal bags to over 1,500 students per week identified by teachers and school counselors and chronically hungry. These bags contain six meals and healthy snacks and are delivered directly to students at school by volunteers.
Food 2 Kids 360
The F2K 360 program is an extension of our Food 2 Kids program in order to help feed children who experience increased risk of hunger during the summer months. This program uses the same model as the school year distribution, but delivers in locations where children gather such as summer camps, school sites, and summer feeding programs. F2K 360 serves over 500 children a week during the twelve weeks that school is out of session.
Food 2 Tots
The Food 2 Tots program provides weekend meals to young children who are not yet school aged. This program distributes food that is specifically designed to be age appropriate for younger children. It helps eliminate the threat of weekend hunger for 40 toddlers in the community.
Mobile School Food Pantry
The Mobile School Food Pantry program distributes bulk food directly to families. The Food Bank partners with local schools in four counties to set up monthly food pantry events on site to benefit families with children. The program utilizes refrigerated trucks from the Food Bank’s fleet to set up a farmers market style event where families can receive up to 50 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, and shelf-stable foods. This program is designed to eliminate the need for expensive and large cold storage options on site and to bring food directly to people in their own communities.
In-School pantries are open during the school year and offers staples like canned goods, pasta, fruit, and cereal, as well as hygiene products and school supplies. In school pantries provide a respectful experience to the students we serve, removing some of the stigma from receiving food assistance. With students and volunteers involved in running the program, the school and surrounding community takes pride in their ownership of the pantry. This truly is a community-wide effort to end hunger.
To learn more about these programs or how to become a participating agency, please contact our Childhood Nutrition Coordinator, Sarah Comito.