Through the BackPack Program started in 2006, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distributes free food to 825 children per week at seven schools in L.A. Unified and Compton Unified School Districts. Distribution occurs on Fridays and each child is given enough food for six meals to ensure they do not go hungry over the weekend. Participating schools were chosen based on the number of students who qualify for free lunch.
Individual donations and grants from organizations including The Marcled Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation have made it possible for the Food Bank to continue to develop the BackPack program.
The Food Bank is currently working on a variety of fundraising initiatives that will allow for the continued expansion of this much-needed program. Through the provision of healthy food to low-income children, we can make a substantial impact on the overall health of families in our community.
Kids Cafe is a program that serves nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger at 27 sites during the school year and 80 sites during the summer in Los Angeles County. Approximately 2,000 children benefit from this program daily during the school year and 6,600 daily during the summer with the Kids Café Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The Kids Cafe program addresses the needs for both proper nutrition and quality day and after school care in low-income communities.
The Nutrition Director at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank works closely with participating agencies such as after school programs, community centers and youth centers to ensure that children get the support they need to excel through Kids Cafe.
Kids Cafe is the nation’s largest charitable meal service program exclusively for needy children founded by Feeding America in 1993. There are currently nearly 120 food banks operating Kids Cafes sites throughout the country.