Food for Kids Childhood Hunger Programs
More than one-third of the Regional Food Bank's emergency food recipients on a weekly basis are children. In Fiscal Year 2013, more than 20,000 children received in excess of 1.6 million meals through our Food for Kids programs. Since there is a critical connection between childhood nutrition and cognitive and physical development, even nutritional deficiencies of a relatively short-term nature negatively impact a child's health, behavior, and the ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks. In addition, going without food can cause behavioral and psychological effects such as depression, aggression, anxiety, and poor social skills in children. Food is the most essential school supply. Hungry children cannot learn.
The Regional Food Bank serves children directly through four programs in its Childhood Hunger Initiative.
Chronically hungry elementary school children receive a backpack with food over weekends and holidays
An after-school and summer safe haven for at-risk youth
Summer meals for children ages 1-18
A food pantry inside schools for chronically hungry middle and high school students to get food for after school and weekends.