In Mid-South Food Bank's service area, 23.7 percent of children are food insecure, according to the 2015 Map the Meal Gap hunger study. That's equivalent to an average of ONE in every 5 children.
Even short-term nutritional deficiency can impact a child's health and ability to learn. Mid-South Food Bank serves children in our region by distributing food through its partner agencies, and through TWO child hunger programs: Kids Cafe and the Food for Kids BackPack Program
THREE Kids Cafes provide nutritious meals to almost 300 kids four times daily in a safe environment, where they are served by volunteers and have an opportunity to learn the importance of nutritious eating through meals - including fresh produce - and instruction.