Fighting Childhood Hunger In Marion County

Food 4 Kids was created in 2004 when it came to the attention of school teachers that many children were not being fed over the weekend. The "backpack program" as it's termed, was created to provide food for each child that qualifies at the school level for assistance. Guidance counselors at the schools provide a coded list of children (not names), including the complete number of children in the household. 

The week begins at Food 4 Kids by their volunteers that pack durable, rolling backpacks full of food for each household. The volunteer delivers the backpacks directly to the school, tagged for each child.  The child takes the backpack home on Friday afternoon and returns them to school on Monday morning. Then, the volunteers pick up the backpacks at the school and the process starts all over again. Backpacks can include canned meat, canned pasta, shelf-stable milk, soup, juice boxes, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter and jelly, pudding & fruit cups, snack bars, cereal, pop tarts, crackers and non-candy snacks.


Helping To Feed Our Community




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Like many programs of similar action, there’s always a shortage of available items to help those in need. The program depends heavily on the donations of our community, which is why as our agency’s next community cause we will be raising funds for which will go directly towards this amazing program to help feed our community’s children in need.



Our agency will donate $10 on your behalf for every recommendation you send our way, and we'll add you to our monthly drawing for a $50 Gift Card.

Getting involved has never been so simple, or Free!

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