Hunger impacts a child’s ability to learn. SP4KSA provides weekend food supplements to serve the needs of chronically hungry children, addressing the relationship between food insecurity and learning.
In September, 2010, a couple in Amarillo, Texas began placing packs of food in the
backpacks of children living in food-insecure households to help them meet the challenges of the weekend. Since then, Snack Pak 4 Kids has been spreading to cities all across Texas. While the Panhandle area feeds approximately 6000 children a week, San Antonio, as the first franchise of Snack Pak 4 Kids, hopes to meet the needs of 1000 children during the 2015-16 school year.
With its first partnership between Lamar Elementary and Grace Fellowship (now Grace Northridge) in 2012, the focus has been on creating food SECURITY for
children, honoring the dignity of the child. Working by partnering churches and civic organizations with schools, Snack Pak 4 Kids uses 100% of all of its donations to buy food for children (unless otherwise designated by the donor).
Classroom teachers are frequently the first to notice that a child is showing signs of
chronic hunger. These signs include chronically chapped lips, being extremely thin or obese, always asking others for food, always asking for seconds, and rushing
food lines. Teachers can refer the student to their school counselor and if parent permission can be obtained, the support organization(s) serving that child’s individual school can begin to provide weekly weekend food supplement
for the child.