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
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, Maverick Boys and Girls Club, MAAC, Amarillo College, and Eastridge Mission Center. Our summer program costs $40 for the entire summer.
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.
Schools and communities can visit our Resources Page and submit the request form.
The food in our bags must meet the following criteria before being considered for our program:
During longer weekends and holidays, students receive additional Snack Paks.
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
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.
Please feel free to download these free resources:
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.
Absolutely. Any community or school that participates in our program has its own account within SP4K. That means all donations specified for a particular school or area are applied exclusively to the bottom line of that school or area. Any non-dedicated donations go toward funding schools or areas that do not have sponsors. If you would like to donate to a specific school or community, just go to our Donate page and follow the instructions on the form.
All of it. Every dollar and every dime. One hundred percent of all donations is used to purchase food for the program. We do not apply any donations to our overhead costs (i.e. wages, utilities, or maintenance). How can we accomplish this? It’s because of our partnership with Baptist Community Services, who generously covers all our overhead costs. This allows SP4K to use all of our donated funds to purchase food.
We love volunteers! In fact, other than a few staff positions, SP4K is entirely volunteer-driven. This is a community effort that requires the help of many people in order to feed more than 10,000+ kids every week. We use www.signup.com to coordinate our volunteer efforts. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
On a regular basis, we need people to help:
We do not have age requirements and have found that every member of the family — regardless of age — can enjoy helping us prepare supplies or pack bags. Other than a few jobs that require heavy lifting or driving, we try to include all ages and abilities whenever possible.
There are so many different ways you can help! From packing bags and taking photos to just spreading SP4K’s mission, you can make a difference. Visit our Make A Difference page and we can help you find you gift.
SP4K is committed to providing the very best brand new, brand-name food for the kids we serve. With that in mind, we have opted to discontinue donations of Pop-Tarts and peanut butter.
With the recent rash of food recalls, we feel it is of the utmost importance that we are able to track 100 percent of the food we are distributing. Through our partnerships with Labatt Foods and Affiliated Foods, we are able to track the food used in our Snack Paks via lot number. We are unable to maintain that same standard with donated items. Through our buying cooperative, we are able to stretch our dollars and buy more than our generous donors can at retail.
With this in mind, we will continue our commitment to
Please know that we still need your partnership to help end weekend hunger! Visit our Make A Difference page or call Ashley at 806.626.9012 for additional information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your company or organization is interested in becoming a corporate partner, please visit our Partners page to learn more.