“There are children that take care of themselves. Their parents are never home, either because they are working, looking for work, or just neglectful. I would see these children come to school on Monday mornings, dirty and starving, for both food and attention. Here at school we can try our best to give the kids attention and food they need, but only when they are here. When the food in your KidsPack program started, these children were looking forward to weekends, whereas before they dreaded Fridays because they knew there wasn’t going to be a good meal again until Monday.” – School Secretary on the impact of KidsPack
About our program:
The KidsPack Program is a weekend supplemental food resource that provides healthy food access and nutrition information to elementary children across Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson counties.
Through the KidsPack Program, nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods are packed and distributed to local school children every Friday during the school year. The goal of KidsPack is to ensure that all children have access to food over the weekend and arrive at school fed and ready to learn each week.
The KidsPack Program distributes more than 700 bags to children each week in twenty schools throughout Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Counties.
Interested in supporting the KidsPack Program?
There are many opportunities to get involved with the KidsPack program.
Volunteer: We are looking for groups of 6-10 to prep supplies and pack bags. Packing takes place every Tuesday from 5-6:15 pm at our Bus Barn warehouse facility (1812 North Rouse). Groups of all ages are encouraged to sign up for a shift HERE.
Additional details: Kids ages 5 and older are welcome to join, be aware that this is a warehouse facility that holds large equipment and is often dirty. Please wear clothes you are comfortable getting dirty in.
Sponsor: Healthy KidsPacks provides more then 11,000 bags annual and would not be possible without the generous support from individuals and organizations. Are you interested in sponsoring a child or school?
Sponsoring a child is only $120 a year. School sponsorship varies depending on each schools program enrollment, ranging from $350-5,400. To learn more about sponsorship please contact Lyra via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Donate HERE