Food for Kids

Totes of Hope™ and Summer and After-School Meals (SFSP and CACFP)

Kid Eating

Food for Kids

In fiscal year 2023, Food Bank of the Rockies served more than 77,500 kids in our service areas throughout about half of Colorado and all of Wyoming. Food Bank of the Rockies’ Food for Kids programs, Totes of Hope™ and summer and after-school meals provided through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), are specifically dedicated to ensuring every kid has enough to eat at all times, giving them a chance to embrace their childhood without worrying about food. 

60+ Totes of Hope™ sites
66 after-school meal sites
48 summer meal sites
23,850+ meals distributed monthly on average in Colorado
9,800+ Totes of Hope™ distributed monthly on average
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Food for Kids by the Numbers in Fiscal Year 2023

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To ensure kids stay nourished during the summer months, Food Bank of the Rockies partners with initiatives like the Thornton Portable Playground program to provide fresh and familiar meals directly where children live.

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During the school year, Food Bank of the Rockies supports after-school programs with nutritious, wholesome snacks and meals to help children get the nourishment they need to develop and focus on just being kids.

FAQs

Each bag contains approximately 7-9 pounds of shelf-stable, nutritious food — enough for about seven meals. Also included are recipes featuring ingredients in the bag.

Sample Menus

 

 

Menu 1: Chicken Fried Rice

Peaches
Mixed Veggies
White rice
Pouched Chicken
Honey Multigrain O’s
Minced Garlic
Raisins
Apple Juice
Milk

 

Menu 2: Minestrone Soup

Applesauce
Green Beans
Elbow Pasta/Rotini
Canned Tuna
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Packet
Vegetable Soup
Cheese Crackers
Fruit Punch
Milk

 

Menu 3: Baked Chile Cheese Rice

Sliced Pears
Diced Green Chiles
Brown Rice
Black Beans
Strawberry Cereal Bar
White Cheddar Cheese Plank
Honey Sunflower Seeds
Apple Juice
Milk

Menu 4: One Pot Chicken and Rice

Mixed Fruit
Sliced Carrots
White Rice
Pouched Chicken
Maple Oatmeal Packet
Raisins
Very Berry Juice
Milk 

 

Menu 5: Cheesy Tuna Noodles

Peaches
Sweet Peas
Cheesy Tuna Skillet
Canned Tuna
Cornflakes
Chili Powder
Cheese Crackers
Apple Juice
Milk

 

Menu 6: Burrito Bowl

Sliced Pears
Sweet Corn
White rice
Dry Pinto Beans
Oatmeal Packet
Salsa Dipping Cup
Honey Sunflower Seeds
Fruit Punch
Milk

 

Menu 7: Tomato Rice and Beans

Sliced Pineapple
Diced Tomatoes
Brown Rice
Black Beans
Apple Cereal Bar
Salt Shaker
Peanut Butter Crackers
Orange Tangerine Juice
Milk

 

Menu 8: Green Chile Mac and Cheese

Mixed Fruit
Diced Green Chiles
Macaroni and Cheese
Dry Pinto Beans
Rice Crispies
Cumin
Applesauce Squeezer
Very Berry Juice
Milk

Summer and after-school meals include nutritious, single-servings of grains, vegetables, fruit, and protein that are prepared and safely sealed in Food Bank of the Rockies’ commercial kitchen.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded, state-administered program that reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas. 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks purchased to serve to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, home day care centers, and adult day-care centers; participating in after-school care programs; children residing in emergency shelters; and income-qualifying adults over the age of 60. 

Totes of Hope™ is a Food Bank of the Rockies signature program funded directly through donations.

Sites for Totes of Hope, summer (SFSP), and after-school (CACFP) meals are largely chosen through two avenues: One is via recruitment, outreach, and community input; another is via direct applications by schools, rec centers, after-school clubs, libraries, church groups, etc. who have children in need of nutritious meals. 

We are always looking for new sites! If you are interested in becoming a CACFP partner, apply here. If you are interested in becoming a Totes of Hope or SFSP partner, apply here. (Please note that SFSP applications are only accepted between January and May.) 

Preferably, sites for all programs will serve a community where at least 50% of students qualify for free and reduced meals. Please contact FFK@foodbankrockies.org with any questions.

After-school meals (CACFP) are provided to sites hosting after-school programs with enrichment activities. They are distributed to kids who partake in these programs and are eaten on site. 

Summer meals (SFSP) can be served at sites that are open to the public or via programs requiring enrollment, preferably in a neighborhood with at least a 50% free and reduced meal rate among area students. Site examples include community centers, libraries, day camps, apartment complexes, religious organizations, etc.  

Totes of Hope sites can be any space in the community where kids are in need of food. Preferably, sites will request and distribute a minimum of 20 totes per site. Sites are responsible for providing their own bags in which to pack food at their site.  

All food provided by CACFP, SFSP, and Totes of Hope™ must be served at no cost to participants. 

We are always looking for new sites! If you are interested in becoming a CACFP partner, apply here. If you are interested in becoming a Totes of Hope or SFSP partner, apply here. (Please note that SFSP applications are only accepted between January and May.) 

1 in 9 children in Colorado and 1 in 8 children in Wyoming are at risk of food insecurity. Food for Kids programs provide much-needed stable, nutritious meals and snacks to kids experiencing hunger, freeing them to focus on growth and learning rather than worrying about where their next meal will come from.

Children aged 18 years and younger are able to receive food from any of these programs. More specifically: 

  • Totes of Hope™: Any child at a participating Totes of Hope™ partner site 
  • After-school meals (CACFP): Any child attending an after-school program partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies for the program 
  • Summer meals (SFSP): Site dependent. If the site is open to public, any child aged 18 and younger qualifies. If the site requires enrollment for its programs, children aged 18 and younger must be enrolled to receive meals.

We are always looking for new sites! If you are interested in becoming a CACFP partner, apply here. If you are interested in becoming a Totes of Hope™ partner, apply here. If you are interested in becoming a SFSP partner, apply here. (Please note that SFSP applications are only accepted between January and May.)

Please contact FFK@foodbankrockies.org with any questions.

Currently there are no income qualifications for any of these programs.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FFK@foodbankrockies.org

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