Children are the saddest victims of hunger. Unfortunately, about 40 percent of the Community Food Bank’s clients are children. Food for children in need is more essential than for anyone else. They need adequate food both to grow up strong and healthy and to concentrate in school.
Luckily the effects of growing up in poverty don’t have to last a lifetime if a child’s nutritional needs are met. You and our other generous donors are giving local children a fighting chance every day. In addition to the various children’s organizations, after school programs and foster care facilities your donations help us provide food for, we have our emergency food assistance which can be accessed by families at pantries throughout Tucson and southern Arizona.
Additionally, the food bank has three programs especially for at-risk children. Snak Paks for Kids® provides a backpack full of healthy food for the weekends for children whose families rely on free school meal programs. Kid’s Club~Adventures in Nutrition® provides healthy after-school snacks/meals for children enrolled in after-school programs in at-risk neighborhoods. Summer Meals® provides food to children living in rural areas of southern Arizona who rely on free school meal programs during the year but cannot access them when school lets out for the summer.
Last year donors gave $74,000 specifically for these three children’s programs. These funds helped us bring support to thousands of children. So far this year we have received over $50,000 to strengthen our children’s programs.