Mobilizes communities to provide food on the weekends to children
Weekday Snack Program
Weekday Survival Snacks – New Program
In January 2018, after some field research with ten of our elementary school Weekend Survival Kits programs in the mid-Michigan area, a beta-test of a snack program to be called Weekday Survival Snacks, was implemented.
The Weekday Survival Snacks beta-test continued to the end of the 2017-18 school year. Regular feedback was gathered from the ten test schools. That feedback included data on how many snacks are consumed and how quickly the snacks run out in a two-week period. Teachers and administrators got us started by sharing information on the current availability of snacks, who is paying for the snacks, what snacks are ideal for the classroom, and the current availability for secure storage of the snacks.
These are the facts that supported our commitment to funding this test program:
•80% of the teachers surveyed reported that daily there are children coming to school without snacks
•60% of the teachers surveyed make time in their day for children to have snacks
•80% of the teachers surveyed see a link between the availability of snacks and positive academic effort
•75% of the teachers surveyed report that they personally supply and pay for the snacks out of their own pocket!
The Goal for the Weekday Survival Snacks
Through our service to 71 schools across Clinton, Ingham, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Wayne Counties we are currently feeding approximately 3,900 kids via the Weekend Survival Kits. Through this work we have learned how critically important it is that during the week kids have snacks over the course of the school day. Following are the highlights of the beta-test of the Weekday Survival Snacks program:
•Available to all elementary school kids (while supplies last), who have failed to come to school with a snack
•Each participating school will receive snacks to cover a month, approximately 350 to 500
•All snacks will be nut-free
•Teachers will be asked to continue to provide relevant feedback about the program
Sponsors Needed for Weekday Survival Snacks
Early results of this program indicated an opportunity to go forward, confident that the commitment to this effort is clearly within our mission to remove barriers to academic success. Watch for more information and blog posts on target snack items which pass the kid-threshold of acceptance and the parent/teacher threshold of nutrition and affordability.
However, this we know –in order to confidently go forward and cover all 70+ elementary schools in our program – we will need sponsors. As of school year 2018-19 there are 30 schools that have opted for this program. We expect this number to grow. Contact Traci@weekendsurvivalkits.org for more information on how you can support/sponsor the Weekday Survival Snack program.