Food insecurity doesn’t stop when you reach middle school. And it becomes an entirely different challenge. Hungry teens perform worse academically and attend school less often than hungry elementary children.
Not only do older children need more calories, a wider selection of choices, and larger portions, but at a certain age, appearances start to matter and kids are assigned “labels.”
No teen wants to be seen coming out of the “food pantry” or singled out as “needy” or “hungry,” or feel embarrassed about their situation.
Some teens are responsible for feeding their younger siblings or they have no idea where their next meal is coming from, therefore they completely rely on SP4K for their main source of nutrition.
These teens deserve to receive quality, nutritious food while still maintaining their privacy and dignity. SP4K’s solution to the issues surrounding teen hunger is Snack Shak, a revolutionary program developed by teens for teens.
By ordering online, they are able to get brand new, brand-name food for themselves and their families all while protecting their identities. Students can also choose who will deliver their food and where they want to pick it up.
Teens want to make their own food choices. Snack Shak allows them to do this by giving them the opportunity to choose their food. At the same time, the volunteers are able to help their peers.
SP4K currently serves 600 students through student-run Snack Shaks at nine high schools and eight middle schools. Find out how to start one at your school!
“I love that I can fill out my own menu form online without having to go speak face-to-face with someone. It’s not easy to speak out and ask for help. It’s not easy to say I’m hungry… Snack Shak helped me become more comfortable with my shortcomings.” — Snak Shak recipient