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 100,000 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.
You can find Kids Cafe at these locations:
Boys & Girls Club Burkburnett
800 County Road, Burkburnett, TX 76354
Boys & Girls Club Central
1318 6th St, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Boys & Girls Club Northwest
1402 N Beverly Dr, Wichita Falls, TX 76306
Boys & Girls Club Rosewood
501 N Rosewood Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Southside Youth Senter
1205 Montgomery Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Boys & Girls Club Southeast
3301 Armory Rd, Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Boys & Girls Club Southwest
4313 Hughes Dr, Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Boys & Girls Club Northeast (school-year only)
119 E Wichita St, Wichita Falls, TX 76306
Campfire (school-year only)
2524 Terrace Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
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. Each year, we serve approximately 1700 children through our PowerPak 4 Kids program!
Please contact Jim McMahan at 940-766-2322 for more information.