Back Pack Program
They can’t learn if they are hungry. Even mild under-nutrition experienced by young children may lead to reductions in physical growth and can affect brain development.
Over 38,500 Kids Across the Tri-State Area Live in Poverty
Tri-State Food Bank’s BackPack – Food for Kids Program, assists kids who do not have enough food to eat on the weekends. For some children there is not enough food, or not the proper nutritional foods, at home for adequate nutrition. Nutrition deficiencies can lead to serious health problems; including impaired cognitive development, growth failures, physical weakness, anemia and stunted growth.
The following statistics exhibit the need for childhood feeding programs such as Kids Cafe:
- According to a recent study, Hunger In America 2010, Feeding America is annually providing food to 37 million Americans, including 14 million children.
- The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.
- 79% (11 million) households with children served are food insecure.
- The U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Estimates for 2010 shows that 24.6% of children in Daviess County live in poverty.
- Among households with elementary age children, 74.62% participate in the federal school lunch and school breakfast programs.
Many kids rely on the free school breakfast and lunch during the week, but have no food security over the week-end. School family resource directors identify the children in need of this program and distribute the back packs on Fridays.
FOOD ITEMS NEEDED
- 100% fruit juice in aseptic packaging
- 2% milk in aseptic packaging
- Oatmeal – Individual packaged servings
- Cereal bars
- Cereal bowls
- Peanut butter
- Fruit cups – shelf stable
- Microwave lunch cups
- Entrees (shelf stable), i.e.. Lunchables
- Small cans of vegetables and fruits
- Tuna salad kits
- Microwave ravioli, etc.
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit
- Apple sauce
**Canned items must be pop-top!