How Snack Pak 4 Kids San Antonio impacts San Antonio's shared Community Vision
Snack Pak 4 Kids serves weekend food supplements to children who face chronic hunger, strengthening their overall health, behavior, concentration, and ability to learn. While Federal Nutrition programs provide meals for students during the school week, weekends are challenging too. Snack Pak 4 Kids serves students food packages on Fridays, creating a consistent, quality source of nutrition through the weekend and reducing the stress of chronic hunger on families. In Bexar County alone, over 120,000 children are considered to be food insecure. Of those 120,000, an estimated 10-20% deal with chronic hunger, meaning they lack adequate nutrition to lead a healthy, productive life. When children's nutritional needs are met throughout the entire week, it is easier for them to stay on task and they require less of the teacher's individual attention, creating a better learning environment for the entire classroom. Teachers report that children who receive Snack Paks exhibit higher self-esteem and respond positively to the program's focus on consistency and quality.