FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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GENERAL QUESTIONS


How much does it cost to sponsor a child or a school?

Snack Pak 4 Kids works hard to keep our bag costs as low as we can while still providing the best nutrition possible in each bag. Currently, we can feed an elementary student for $12.50/mo. or $150/yr. and a middle and high school student for $30/mo. or $360/yr. Our summer program costs $40 for the entire summer.

100% of all donations are used to buy food only, unless designated otherwise.

 

Do you just provide food for students during the school year?

While providing food for students over the weekend during the school year is our primary focus, we know hunger doesn’t end during the summer. During these months, we continue our efforts to provide for area children through a variety of trusted partners, including AISD summer school programs, Amarillo Parks and Recreation Department, Wesley Community Center, Hillside Christian Church Northeast Campus, City Church, and Maverick Boys and Girls Club. Our summer program costs $40 for the entire summer.

 

How do you select which schools are in your program?

Actually, that’s not a choice we make. It’s up to the communities and schools. We begin serving students once their schools have contacted us to inform us of the need on their respective campus. Once a school makes the initial contact, we meet to discuss their issues and needs. Our goal is to make sure, from the beginning, that SP4K will be a sustainable solution for their hungry students.

 

How does a school or community sign up for SP4K?

Schools and communities can visit our Resources Page and submit the request form.

Start A Snack Pak

 

What types of foods are in the bags?

The food in our bags must meet the following criteria before being considered for our program:

  • Limited high-fructose corn syrup
  • Shelf stable (no refrigeration required)
  • Easy to open
  • No utensils needed to consume
  • No preparation required
  • No adult supervision to prepare a meal

 

Items currently in each bag:
  • Apple & Eve 100% juice (2 per bag)
  • Musselman apple sauce or Del Monte fruit cup
  • Fairlife chocolate milk
  • Fairlife white milk
  • Kellogg's Cereal (2 per bag)
  • Kellogg's NutriGrain bar
  • Planter's honey roasted peanuts
  • Beef Stik - 100% beef (2 per bag)
  • Austin peanut butter crackers
  • Cheez-Its

During longer weekends and holidays, students also receive one jar of peanut butter and a sleeve of crackers.

 

How are kids selected to be in your program?

At each participating school campus, staff members identify students that could potentially be living in food-insecure homes based on observed behaviors and physical symptoms. Financial criteria are not used to determine if a student is food insecure because income does not equal food security for children.

Once identified, a teacher or counselor asks the child if he or she would like to be part of the program. If the child states “yes,” a permission form is sent home. The student begins to discretely receive Snack Pak bags after that form is signed and returned.

Similar criteria are used for our middle school Snack Shak program; however, high school students self-refer via the link on their school's website or on our Snack Shak site.

 

What are some potential signs of food insecurity teachers observe?
  • Rushing food lines
  • Extreme hunger on Monday mornings
  • Eating others' food
  • Always asking for seconds
  • Extremely thin or obese
  • Chronically dry or cracked lips
  • Excessively sick or absent from school

Please feel free to download these free resources:

SP4K Teachers Lounge Flyer 2017-2018
SP4K Tasks and Responsibilities 
Identifying Hungry Children

 

How does hunger affect children’s learning?

When children are hungry, they are not equipped to learn. Studies show food insecure children are more likely to get sick, be tardy or absent, and repeat a grade. 

OTHER VENTURES


WHAT IS SNACK SHAK?

Snak Shak is a program specifically designed for middle and high school students. Older kids need more calories, better choices and bigger quantities than elementary children. Plus, appearances begin to matter much more once kids reach a certain age. This revolutionary program is developed by teenagers for teenagers. It matches adult-sized portions and choices with a student-run process.

What Is Beef Stik™?

Beef Stik is a beef stack that provides kids with the protein they need to grow and excel in school. For every Beef Stik you buy, SP4K gives one to a hungry child.

Learn more

WHAT IS PURPOSE H20?

Purpose H2O™ is a partnership with AquaOne. Every bottle or case of Purpose H2O™ sold helps us end weekend hunger. Sales from Purpose H2O™ directly benefit the Snack Pak 4 Kids™ project and your local communities’ fight against weekend hunger. You can purchase this product at local sporting events, for private label, and in convenience stores.

PARTNERSHIPS


What does a partnership with SP4K entail?

We couldn’t have made SP4K what it is today without the dedicated and generous support of our corporate sponsors. Partnerships work in a variety of ways, including financial gifts, logistical support, and volunteer teams.

View Our Partners

 

how do I become a partner?

If your company or organization is interested in becoming a corporate partner, please visit our Partners page to learn more.

BECOME A PARTNER

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