Child Programs

1 in every 4 kids in North Texas is food insecure. That's why NTFB seeks innovative and effective solutions to feed hungry children in our community.

Through our Child Programs, we work with schools and social service programs in our 13 county service area to distribute and serve nutritious foods to kids in need throughout the school year and the summer months.

Food 4 Kids Serving up to 11,000 chronically hungry children each week

Elementary school children, experiencing food insecurity, often face hunger at home when meals are not available during the weekends. 


Working with educators to identify chronically hungry kids, the Food 4 Kids program provides backpacks full of nutritious, nonperishable, kid-friendly food items to take home each Friday afternoon during the school year. The program operates in roughly 300 schools, serving up to 11,000 chronically hungry children each week. 


Schools interested in the Food 4 Kids program who have at least 50% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals can reach out to childprograms@ntfb.org for more information.
 

School Pantry Program

Providing non-perishable items and fresh produce to students

Enrolled students and their families can access non-perishable items, as well as fresh produce, through participating schools.  

Distribution occurs once a month, typically after school. Students who visit the school pantry leave with 20-25 pounds of shelf-stable food items and 15 pounds of produce. 

School Pantry Programs operate in schools with at least 90% of students qualifying for free/reduced meals, within close-knit neighborhoods. Schools need a physical and/or drive-through space to operate the program and two people who can serve as site coordinators. 

Schools interested in the School Pantry Program can reach out to childprograms@ntfb.org for more information. 

In 2019-2020 we served nearly 865,000 pounds of food through the School Pantry program.

Summer Programming

North Texas Food Bank partners with Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to provide weekly backpacks and monthly Family Boxes during the summer months to children receiving daily meals at SFSP sites. The weekly backpacks include nutritious, nonperishable, kid-friendly food for participants to take home each Friday, with the Family Boxes including 20-25 lbs. of shelf-stable items.

Those who wish to partner with NTFB must be an SFSP sponsor of multiple sites within NTFB’s 13-county service area and should have the capacity to store product short term and deliver it to their multiple meal site locations. To learn more, contact childprograms@ntfb.org for more information. 

For more information, reach out to ChildPrograms@ntfb.org