The Community Storehouse Snack Pack Program meets the nutritional needs of children at risk of hunger during weekends. Most of these children rely on the federally subsidized free or reduced meal program to provide them with breakfast and lunch during the school week. Food insecurity over the weekends causes these students to come to school very hungry Monday mornings. Food insecurity can negatively affect a child’s physical growth and overall health, their academic achievement, school attendance and behavior.
In an effort to close the gap between opportunity and achievement for children in our community, the Community Storehouse Snack Pack Program provides these children with bags filled with kid-friendly nutritious foods at their school site. The snack packs are assembled by volunteers at the Community Storehouse food pantry and delivered by volunteers to school partners each week. The school staff (counselor, nurse, teacher, etc.) identifies students suffering from weekend food insecurity and the Community Storehouse Snack Packs are put into their backpacks each Friday. A typical pack will contain: granola bars, cereal bars, cheese or peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, pretzels, trail mix, dried fruit, beef jerky, Pop Tarts, fruit cups, pudding cups, and other non-perishable, child-friendly snacks.
For more information about this Program, please contact Shanna Holden at 817-431-3340 ext.104 or by email.