- Kids Cafe
Across the country, Kids Café programs provide free snacks and meals to low-income kids at many locations throughout the community during after-school hours to reach and feed more children facing hunger and food insecurity. The South Plains Food Bank’s Kids Café is a part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), supplemented by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to help in this area of need.Read More...
All after-school meals are prepared and heated to the optimal temperature in the SPFB’s Kitchen of Hope. The meals are then delivered to be served in locations such as local Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers daily. In the program year 2019-2020, the South Plains Food Bank served 92,436 meals through our 11 (CACFP) Kids Café sites.
- Summer Feeding
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children during vacation periods that are similar to those offered under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (NSLP) during the school year. Meals are provided to children 18 years of age or under, and to individuals over 18 who have been Read More...determined by the State to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or nonprofit school program established for the disabled. Meals are served at open, restricted open, or closed enrolled sites in areas where poor economic conditions exist. Meals also may be served at migrant meal sites, National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) sites, and residential and nonresidential camps. According to Feeding America, 22 million children throughout the country receive free or reduced meals during the school year. During the summer months, only 3.76 million continue to have access to those meals. This is where SFSP steps in to help provide those missed meals. Through SFSP, the South Plains Food Bank is able to partner with local Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers to provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack throughout our service area.
All meals are prepared in the Kitchen of Hope and delivered daily to 16+ site locations across West Texas. In the summer of 2019, the South Plains Food Bank served 60,980 meals through our 24 SFSP sites.
- Snack Pack
In recent years, the South Plains Food Bank has become more aware of the ever-growing need for additional food sustenance over the weekend. Since many children in our West Texas community qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school day, what happens to those students on the weekend when they no longer have access to those meals? Through the backpackRead More...
For longer breaks like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring break, the South Plains Food Bank is able to provide, what we call holiday boxes. Much like the snack bags, the holiday boxes provide students with food items to help curve their hunger during those long periods until they can receive those meals from school.
For those communities that are served by independent backpack programs, the South Plains Food Bank also extends its buying capabilities to assist with program cost efficiency.
- Holiday Boxes
are sent home with children during the long holiday breaks like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break. Children who are dependent on the free or reduced lunch program will no longer receive free meals during those breaks, so the SPFB Holiday Boxes provide food and sustenance to last them until school starts again.
Kids Cafe Feeding Program
CLICK HERE for detailed information on our Kids Cafe 2020-2021 site locations. Find our days of service, meal types, meal hours, and more!
Our At-Risk afterschool feeding program operates the entire school year.
Here are a few ways you can assist us:
Due to the increased need for snack bags across the South Plains, our Children’s Feeding Programs depend heavily on the kindness and talents of volunteers. We currently have a monthly volunteer day to build snack bags to be given out bi-weekly throughout the month to schools across West Texas. For more information on how to volunteer for these events, please contact [email protected].
Our Kids Café® and Summer Feeding efforts are supplemented by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Backpack Program is funded through grants and private donations. Financial support from organizations and individuals alike is essential to continue the fight to help end child hunger across the South Plains.
For more information about our Children’s Feeding Programs call us at 806-763-3003