OUR STORY

Find out how Snack Pak 4 Kids got started and how we help 7,000 children receive brand new, brand-name food every weekend.

About Us


Snack Pak 4 Kids is a weekend backpack program that began serving children at Will Rogers Elementary on Labor Day weekend, September 2010. A Bushland couple discovered Amarillo was the largest city west of Dallas without a weekend backpack program. They started Snack Pak 4 Kids in their kitchen, serving just 10 kids.

With the support of our donors and volunteers, the program has grown to serve more than 7,000 elementary, middle and high students in 42 school districts. More than 4,000 volunteers serve annually in Amarillo alone.

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WHY

SNACK PAK 4 KIDS


At SP4K, every student is treated with dignity and respect as we work together to end weekend hunger by providing children with brand new, brand-name food, so they are prepared to learn on Monday morning.

HOW DOES SNACK PAK 4 KIDS WORK?

Every other week at our warehouse, volunteers pack 14 brand new, brand-name nutritious food items in bags.  Each week they are delivered to participating schools. School staff then place the bags in backpacks to be discreetly sent home with students each Friday.

The educators we work with see first-hand how hunger negatively impacts children in the classroom. Students receiving the bags have been identified by school staff members as living in a “food-insecure” household, which means these families don’t always know the source of their next meal. The SP4K program feeds each elementary student and any siblings at home not old enough to attend school. 

We have expanded the program to serve middle and high school students with the Snack Shak program. Snack Shak allows students to select from a menu of 35 brand new, brand-name items. High school students can access the program via their school’s website without a teacher referral. This program is student-led and student-run on our high school and middle school campuses. Middle school students are referred by their teachers and staff similar to the elementary program.

Currently, we have a student-run Snack Shak at nine high schools and eight middle schools, benefiting 600 students.

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SNACK PAK BY THE NUMBERS

71%


of teachers saw improvement in academic performance.

100%


of donations go to food only.

1 IN 4


children in Texas are food insecure.

7,000


children receive a Snack Pak every weekend.

93%


of teachers feel Snack Pak 4 Kids is a beneficial program.

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