OUR STORY

Find out how Snack Pak 4 Kids got started and how we help over 10,000 children receive brand new, brand-name food every weekend.

About Us


 

It all began with 10 hungry students at Will Rogers Elementary School in Amarillo. Dyron and Kelly Howell discovered Amarillo was the largest city west of Dallas without a weekend backpack program. And yet, more than 3,200 children in the Amarillo Independent School District relied only on the meals served to them at school for their weekly food. That meant hundreds of children spent their nights and weekends hungry.

Determined to find a way to address this need, the Howells assembled 10 bags of food that could be prepared without adult supervision. On Friday, September 3, 2010, the first 10 SP4K recipients received a bag containing enough food to get them through the weekend.

Today, the program has grown to serve more than 10,000 kids in 51 school districts. Our Snack Paks always contain brand new, brand-name food. And, thanks to our generous partnerships and a steady stream of volunteers, 100% of all donations given to SP4K are used to purchase food for hungry children.

At SP4K, we understand how overwhelming and scary creating a program to end weekend hunger for kids can be. That’s why we share our failures and our successes to help people like you make an impact in your community.

We have had our shares of ups and downs, but we never strayed from our mission: “To end weekend hunger for children by providing a backpack filled with kid-friendly snacks each Friday of the year.” Our focus is always on the kids, and we believe that is a major part of our success.

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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.

10,000


children receive a Snack Pak every weekend.

93%


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

Without our dedicated partners, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

 

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