Feed Northland Kids formed to address childhood hunger in the Northland of Kansas City. We’re partnering with Harvesters, The Community Food Network. We raise funds to expand the Harvesters’ BackSnack program in Clay and Platte counties in Missouri.
Harvesters’ BackSnack program addresses weekend nutrition and hunger by providing healthy, kid-friendly foods for children. Harvesters provides the food and volunteers pack food kits weekly. A community partnering organization picks up the empty backpacks from the school, cleans them out and packs them with food kits. School staff distributes them on Friday to the kids, who bring them back on Monday to start the whole process again.
When we began this initiative, Harvesters was providing BackSnacks to approximately 1,000 children in the Northland. Through the support of a number of donors, we have secured funding to expand this program to 2,210 children in the Northland in Fall of 2017. Our vision is to leave no student hungry in our community.
Phase two is addressing childhood hunger impacting middle and high school kids. We’re partnering with Nourish KC and the Episcopal Backpack Shepherds to operate our first in-school pantry at Winnetonka High School. Opened in September of 2017, the pantry is impacting over 100 individuals and their families with the Winnetonka community. Our long-range plan is to open additional in-school pantries as funding and access occurs.