Every Friday during the school year, the Kansas Food Bank provides backpacks of food for children who don’t get enough to eat at home on the weekends. From July 16th through Aug. 12th, participating Taco Bell restaurants across Kansas, including the one in Pratt, will ask customers to donate $1, $3, and $5 to become a “Child Hunger Hero” and help fill backpacks for these children for the 2014-2015 school year.
If a child does not get enough food outside of school he or she is considered food insecure. Kansas has over 162,000 food insecure children. For children who participate in the program come notable differences: grades improve, behavioral problems diminish, attendance at school is better — truancy dissolves, students are ready and prepared to learn on Monday mornings and overall attitude towards school improves immensely.
Currently, the Food-4-Kid’s Backpack Program is serving over 7,000 kids across Kansas alone. Eight children are served by the program in Pratt
Each backpack contains food the kids can just open and eat. For example, there may be peanut butter, pudding cups, fruit cups, cereal, beef jerky, raisins, milk and a juice box in the backpack. Each food bag costs roughly $4.50 to make and lasts the child for the weekend