Children

In Mid-South Food Bank's service area, 23.3 percent of children are food insecure, according to the 2017 Map the Meal Gap hunger study. That's nearly 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 our child hunger programs: Kids Cafe and the Food for Kids BackPack Program

Kids Cafe provides nutritious meals to almost 300 kids 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.

 

Food for Kids BackPack Program

The Food for Kids BackPack Program provides a backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for children to take home for the weekend. Each backpack contains six complete meals and some fun, nutrition information activities.

There are 20 BackPack Programs serving more than 2,000 Mid-South children (the amount varies during summer break) every weekend.

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