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 which 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 SP4KSA in San Antonio because of their desire to be involved in an ongoing missional project along the Broadway corridor.
In February of 2021, SP4KSA became its own independent 501 (c)3 and the program has grown to provide 3,000 children with weekend food supplements each Friday during the school year. SP4KSA partner’s with many local churches, civic organizations, businesses and private schools to serve over 50 public schools in six school districts in Bexar County.
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 2,000 people (spanning all ages), demonstrating an amazing combined community effort to create food SECURITY for children.