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Harvesters’ BackSnack program provides a weekly backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for schoolchildren to take home over the weekend. More than 100,000 children in Harvesters' service area receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, and many of those are at risk of hunger on weekends.
BackSnack is a partnership between Harvesters, a participating school and a local community partner—usually a corporate, civic or religious organization. Harvesters provides the food and the backpacks. The local community partners help facilitate picking up the BackSnack food kits from Harvesters and distributing them to the schools. School principals and/or counselors determine which children receive BackSnacks at each school.
The School Pantry Program is a food pantry conveniently located on-site at schools for families in need of food assistance. The school pantries complement school breakfast and lunch programs, providing additional access to food for children and their families after the school day has ended. They help fill an important gap, relieving the burden and anxiety a family may face when they aren’t sure where their next meal may come from. And they help children focus on their education, not hungry stomachs.
School pantry distributions happen once a month at the school. Families receive about 15 lbs. of fresh produce and several nonperishable family-sized items such as pasta, rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables or canned soup.
Schools interested in participating in one of the child feeding programs above should contact us at BackSnack@harvesters.org. Families interested in either program should contact their child's school to see if the school participates in these programs.
Kids Cafe provides free, nutritious meals for any child ages 1 to 18 at after-school and summer feeding sites. All summer and most school year sites accept walk-ins and do not require pre-registration.
To find a Kids Cafe location near you, click here and look under the "Meet & Eat" headline on the right side of the page.
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Download our Kids Cafe flyer or contact our program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.929.3043 for more information about offering Kids Cafe meals at your organization.