Mobilizes communities to provide food on the weekends to children
Addressing Food Insecurity
Weekend Survival Kits currently has two programs which address food insecurity, especially at the elementary school level. The Weekend Food Kit Program and the Weekday Survival Snack Program.
Our largest program is the Weekend Food Kits, commonly known as the Weekend Survival Kits. These food kits are intended to meet the nutritional needs of children during non-school hours, specifically on weekends. According to National Poverty Center, almost one in four children live in poverty. When children have enough healthy food to eat, they are absent from school less, their tests scores improve, their behavior improves, and they are far healthier overall.
The contents of the kits vary from month to month. In each case the food needs to be kid-friendly, nutritious, easy to prepare, and individually portioned.
Weekday Survival Snack program is a new program, just added in school year 2018-19 after testing in 2017-18. It is available only to already participating schools in our weekend program, schools must opt-in to receive a monthly box of snacks. The snacks are meant to serve the needs of any of the K-5 classrooms. The supply of snacks are generally designated as a supplemental supply so that any child on any day forgetting to bring a snack, or unable to bring a snack, will have a snack.
This program benefits the children and also their teachers, who in the past have purchased snacks themselves to meet the need in their classroom.