According to the latest Map the Meal Gap, child hunger has increased from 21% to a little over 30% due to the effects of COVID-19. This means nearly 1 in 3 children go home to little to no food.

Mid-South Food Bank serves children in our region by distributing food through Partner Agencies and our child hunger programs: Healthy School Pantry, Food for Kids BackPacks, and Kids Cafe.

Healthy School Pantry

School-based pantries offer take-home food for children and their families at school and make food readily accessible to low-income students and families. These sites have set distribution schedules and offer ongoing food assistance services. Healthy, nutritious food is distributed free of charge during the academic school year.

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Food for Kids BackPacks 

This program provides easy-to-prepare food for the weekend when children lack access to free or reduced-price school meals. MSFB offers disposable “backpacks” to students Friday afternoon before dismissal. Each backpack has enough nutritious food for six meals.


Kids Cafe 

This program feeds children ages 6-18 a hot, well-balanced meal using the My Plate Model five days a week. Food is served free of charge in a safe environment for children after school.


For more information, please contact our Child Nutrition Manager, Tasha McCraven, by filling out the form below.