Programs for Children
Imagine going to bed hungry, waking up without breakfast and going to school on an empty stomach. Sadly, some children in our community don’t need to imagine. Nearly half of the food distributed through Food Bank of the Rockies feeds children. We estimate about 160,000 children in our service area struggle with hunger. Without this needed nourishment, kids can’t grow and thrive.
We have three wonderful programs designed specifically for children:
This program serves balanced meals to children in some of our most impoverished areas. During the school year, children receive dinner five nights per week and in the summer months, lunches are provided. All meals meet USDA requirements for children ages 6 – 18. Many are prepared Monday – Friday in our community kitchen.
After School Snacks
The demand for Kids Cafe sites was greater than the funding. To provide nutrition to more children, FBR developed this program which serves healthy snacks to children after school. A typical snack could be fruit, milk, string cheese, granola bars and other nutritious, kid-friendly treats to help these children focus and grow.
Totes of Hope™ – Children
At many of our Kids Cafe sites, we heard stories about children going home on Friday and going hungry until they had school lunch on Monday. We knew something needed to be done, so in 2006, we started Totes of Hope™ – Children. Kids receive totes filled with 8 – 9 pounds of nutritious kid-friendly food on Fridays at many of our Kids Cafe sites and several schools and community centers. They take home the totes for the weekend and return the empty tote to be refilled the following week. For many of these children, the totes are their main source of food on Saturday and Sunday.
Please contact us for more information about these programs.
Summer Lunch Program
Food Bank of the Rockies is proud to sponsor more than 90 summer lunch programs across our service area. We know summer is a difficult season for children and families who struggle when school feeding programs end. At these sites, kids receive a healthy lunch meeting USDA requirements for nutrition. Please visit our summer lunch page for more information on these programs and links to the summer lunch site locator map.