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.
Snack Pak 4 Kids San Antonio is a weekend backpack program that began serving children at Lamar Elementary in September 2012. Modeled after a similar program in the Texas Panhandle that now serves over 8,000 children each week, Grace Northridge started SP4K in San Antonio because of their desire to be involved in an ongoing missional project along the Broadway corridor.
Since 2012, the program has doubled each year, with many local churches, civic organizations, businesses and private schools partnering to serve over 30 public schools in four school districts. We expect over 2,500 children across Bexar County will receive weekend food supplements each Friday during the current school year.
Snack Pak 4 Kids SA uses 100% of its donations to pay for food products, has no paid staff, and focuses on honoring the dignity of each child recipient. Teachers identify students who may be experiencing chronic hunger on the weekends. After parental/guardian permission is obtained, Snack Paks are distributed to the child each Friday, discreetly placed in the child’s backpack by their teacher.
Our supportive volunteer base numbers over 1,500 people (spanning all ages), demonstrating an amazing combined community effort to create food SECURITY for children.