Food for Kids Backpack program provides a bag full of healthy snacks and easily prepared meal items for children in need to take home and eat after school and on weekends. The program is offered through every school in our region and children are identified by their school nurse or counselors for the program. About 5,000 children are now being served. Sponsors are secured every year so that every child in need of the Food for Kids program may be served.
Kids Cafe enables Food Bank agencies to provide food for children and youth programs where over 55% of children attending are at or below the poverty level. This program served an average of 636 children each month.
The Food Bank’s Summer Food Service Program fills the gap in child nutrition when school is out of session during the summer months. The program is operated using food vendors and volunteers provided through the Corporation for National and Community Service ‘Summer VISTA’ programs. Children are also served through Kids Café programs that provide food for children in primarily low-income after school programs. During the Summer of 2014 the Summer Food Service program served 31,878 meals and 2,571 snacks to 1,586 children at 44 sites.
Mobile Food Pantry - Sometimes there is no Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen located where it is needed. The Mobile Food Pantry of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee comes to the rescue providing regular distributions of food and grocery products to fill these gaps in need in our region and get the food out where it is most needed reaching thousands of people in need. Interested organizations and sponsors are needed to host Mobile Food Pantry distributions in various communities throughout the region. During 2014 the Mobile Food Pantry distributed 1.5 million pounds of food to needy individuals and families in Northeast Tennessee.