PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
Having enough nutritious food is critical to a child’s physical and emotional development and their ability to achieve academically. One in four children in our service area face food insecurity. Many of these children eat breakfast and lunch at their schools, but the problem arises on weekends and during summer break when they do not have enough to eat. These are especially difficult times for families who are experiencing food-insecurity.
To ensure the well being of our region’s most vulnerable residents, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank operates two child hunger programs:
Kids Cafe is a nationwide program of Feeding America that provides healthy after-school meals to hungry children, ages 1- 18 years old, along with nutrition education, enrichment and activities. Our local Kids Cafe program has grown from a lone pilot site feeding an average of 54 children in 2005 to multiple locations serving over 98,000 meals to local children in need each year.
Kids Cafe is partially funded through the SFSP and CACFP program. These reimbursements do not completely cover costs. Grants and donations from our supporters ensure that this program continues. Their support is essential to ensure the children being served through Kids Cafe will continue to have access to warm meals at the end of each day.
The local Wichita Falls Area Food Bank's Kids Cafe program
feeds children at several youth service clubs.
Starting June 1st You can find Kids Cafe at these locations:
800 County Road, Burkburnett, TX 76354
Meal Time- 11:00-12:30pm Snack Time- 3:30-4:30pm
1318 6th St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Meal Time- 11:00-12:00pm Snack Time- 3:00-4:00pm
3301 Armory Rd. Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Meal Time- 12:00-12:45pm Snack Time- 3:00-3:30pm
4313 Hughes. Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Meal Time- 12:00-1:00pm
1205 Montgomery. Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Meal Time- 4:15-4:30pm
PowerPak 4 Kids Back Pack Program
Our PowerPak program is one of the most effective options to address weekend hunger in children. Nutritious and easy to prepare foods, including whole grain cereals, trail mix, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and fruit juices, are bagged and provided to children in need at school on Fridays so they can obtain necessary nutrients over the weekend and return to school on Monday, nourished and ready to learn. The program focuses on food-insecure children ages 3-15 years old and is coordinated by our Child Hunger department who secure, sort, and deliver the PowerPaks, work closely with the schools to identify and serve food-insecure children, and manage a robust volunteer program that is full of dedicated community members who are passionate about PowerPak4Kids. In 2019 we handed out over 56,000 PowerPaks to children in need!
Power Paks are currently being handed out on Fridays at the WFISD feeding sites
Please contact Jim McMahan at 940-766-2322 for more information.