The BackSnack Program
Feed Northland Kids formed to address childhood hunger in the Northland of Kansas City. We’re partnering with Harvesters, The Community Food Network. We raise funds to expand the Harvesters’ BackSnack program in Clay and Platte counties in Missouri.
Harvesters’ BackSnack program addresses weekend nutrition and hunger by providing healthy, kid-friendly foods for children. Harvesters provides the food and volunteers pack food kits weekly. A community partnering organization picks up the empty backpacks from the school, cleans them out and packs them with food kits. School staff distributes them on Friday to the kids, who bring them back on Monday to start the whole process again.
When we began this initiative, Harvesters was providing BackSnacks to approximately 1,000 children in the Northland. Through the support of a number of donors, we secured funding to expand this program to 2,210 children in the Northland in the Fall of 2017. Our vision is to leave no student hungry in our community.
Food for Thought
Phase two was addressing childhood hunger impacting middle and high school kids. We partnered with Nourish KC and the Episcopal Backpack Shepherds to operate our first in-school pantry at Winnetonka High School. Opened in September of 2017, the pantry is impacting over 100 individuals and their families within the Winnetonka community.
In 2018, our work continued with an expansion of these Food for Thought pantries in various middle and high schools throughout the Park Hill School District. We know hunger follows these children when they leave elementary school and an in-school pantry is an effective way to reach them. We are encouraged with the number of visits each school is receiving.