School meal programs are vital for struggling families. But free and reduced-price meals do not completely solve the problem of childhood hunger. Many students are vulnerable over the weekend if their caregivers do not have the means to afford nutritious food. NTFB programs like Food 4 Kids help ensure families have food for weekends and into the summer months.
“The backpack is a way to get [students and their families] through the weekend. We make sure they get something; make sure to give them a little hope.” - School Counselor at a Food 4 Kids participating school.