Feeding Kids and Teens 2020-08-25T20:54:33+00:00

Feeding Kids and Teens

One in five children in Central and Eastern Kentucky experience hunger. Kids and teens who don’t get enough to eat live at a disadvantage. When hungry, children are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions or have problems in school and social situations due to developmental and behavioral issues. It’s hard to concentrate in class or complete homework with a growling tummy. God’s Pantry Food Bank strives to alleviate childhood hunger so learning and growing are easier for all of Kentucky’s kids and teens.

BackPack Program

The BackPack Program helps meet the needs of hungry kids at times when food may not be available, such as weekends and school vacations. The BackPack Program discreetly provides a bag of child-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable food to qualifying children that receive free and reduced-price school lunches before a weekend or holiday.

For more information on the BackPack Program, contact Mary Jo at mjcrouch@godspantry.org, or call 859-288-5304.

Kids Cafe Program

The Kids Cafe Program provides free meals and snacks to low-income children at a variety of locations where children congregate such as libraries, churches, and community centers. In addition to providing meals to hungry kids, Kids Cafe programs also offer safe places where, under the supervision of trustworthy staff, children can get involved in educational, recreational, and social activities.

For more information on the Kids Cafe Program, contact Katie at katie@godspantry.org, or call 859-288-5316.

School-Based Pantry Program

The mission of the School-Based Pantry Program is to alleviate child hunger through the provision of food to children and their families at school.  School-Based Pantries are located on the school grounds, and provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families.

School-Based Pantry Locations

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Summer Meals

During the school year, thousands of kids and teens in Central and Eastern Kentucky depend on free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches to help fulfill their nutritional needs. In the summer months, meals are still needed but are in shorter supply. We provide meals and snacks at libraries, churches, apartment complexes, and community centers by partnering with volunteers at these community-based sites.  Kids and teens ages 18 and under are given meals and snacks free of charge and are invited to participate in fun activities happening at the community site.

For more information on the Summer Meals Program, contact Katie at katie@godspantry.org, or call 859-288-5316.

Summer Meals Locations