Food for Kids

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

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Food for Kids

This year in Colorado, one in seven kids—more than 184,000 children—are projected to face food insecurity. In Wyoming, one in six kids—more than 21,700 children—are projected to face food insecurity. 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. 

70+ Totes of Hope™ sites
90 after-school meal sites
80 summer meal sites
3,900+ after-school snacks distributed monthly on average
66,000+ meals distributed monthly during peak months
20,000 Totes of Hope™ distributed monthly during the school year
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Food for Kids by the Numbers

Food for Kids programs provide thousands of children with fresh, nutritious food year-round. Funded directly through donations (Totes of Hope™) and the USDA (summer and after-school meals), our Food for Kids programs channel every dollar into eliminating food insecurity among children. 

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“I have three siblings and the food helps us make meals together at home. My sister goes to school here, too, and we both get a tote so we can make enough for all of us. We love the food!”

Aleen – 8-year-old student at Denver Green School

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“We try to make sure we’re sending kids home with enough food for their whole family. A lot of people need food right now, and I feel that it is our ethical obligation to help feed them.”

Sandy – Totes of Hope™ coordinator at Denver Green School

FAQs

Each bag contains approximately 6-8 pounds of shelf-stable, nutritious food—enough for about seven meals. Also included are recipes featuring ingredients in the bag.

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 Eva Knezic with any questions: eknezic@foodbankrockies.org 

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.) 

One in seven children in Colorado and one in six children in Wyoming are projected to face food insecurity in 2021. 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 or SFSP partner, apply here. (Please note that SFSP applications are only accepted between January and May.)

Please contact Eva Knezic with any questions: eknezic@foodbankrockies.org 

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Eva Knezic: eknezic@foodbankrockies.org

Yes! We have a proxy system that allows a client to have someone pick up food on their behalf.  Just fill out the forms below and have both individuals sign. The form will be active for one year from signing.  

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