KSAT Community spotlight: Snack Pak 4 Kids

Help Snack Pak 4 Kids end weekend hunger in your community

In Bexar County alone, over 120,000 children are considered to be food insecure. Of those, it is estimated that 10-20% actually deal with chronic hunger (i.e. they lack adequate nutrition to lead a healthy, productive life).

SAN ANTONIO – With kids heading back to the classroom this month, some children are wondering where they will get their next meal after school lets out.

That’s why every Friday of the year, Snack Pak 4 Kids provides 10,000 kids with reliable, nutritious food over the weekend so they can succeed.

In Bexar County alone, over 120,000 children are considered to be food insecure. Of those, it is estimated that 10-20% actually deal with chronic hunger (i.e. they lack adequate nutrition to lead a healthy, productive life).

Although Federal Nutrition programs provide meals for students during the school week, weekends can be especially challenging for these children.

Snack Pak 4 Kids was created to provide weekend food supplements to students who are identified by their teachers, creating food security for them over the weekend.

With the support of partners, donors and volunteers of all ages, Snack Pak 4 Kids San Antonio works hard to be a learning enhancement tool for these kids, solving their weekend hunger issue so they can learn during the school week.

Every other week at the Snack Pak 4 Kids warehouse, volunteers pack 14 brand new, brand-name nutritious food items in bags.

Each week the food is delivered to participating schools. School staff then place the bags in backpacks to be discreetly sent home with students each Friday.

One in four children in Texas are food insecure, according to Snack Pack 4 Kids. With your help, we can help end weekend hunger as a community.

Hunger doesn’t take the summer off, in July Snack Pak 4 Kids invested $37,000 to provide 8,200 Snack Paks.

When Snack Pak 4 Kids receive donations, 100% of the money is used to buy food only for the kids.

After students received Snack Pak 4 Kids backpacks, 71% of teachers saw improvement in their academic performance.

“At Snack Pak 4 Kids, every student is treated with dignity and respect as we work together to end weekend hunger by providing children with brand-new, brand-name food,” said a representative for Snack Pak 4 Kids.

Whether it’s donating your time, money or voice, Snack Pak 4 Kids encourages the community to make a difference.

If you are interested in donating to Snack Pak 4 Kids or would like to learn more, click or tap here.

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About the Author:

Kiersten has been a Digital Content Creator with KSAT12 since 2017. She graduated from Texas State University with an electronic media degree and previously worked for the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.