The importance of proper nutrition for a growing child is well documented. Hungry kids have decreased attention spans, increased behavioral problems, and more school absences due to sickness. Simply put, hungry kids can’t learn as well, and when they fall behind academically as young children, it is very hard to ever catch-up. Free meals in school certainly help, but they are not enough. After all, school is only Monday through Friday.
Through collaboration with eight local Seattle public schools, University District Food Bank provides meals and snacks to children who are at risk of going hungry on the weekend when free or reduced school meals are unavailable. These packs of food contain items that are age-appropriate, nutritious, simple to prepare, and easy to take home in a school bag.
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 we are hosting a food drive to support “Pack for Kids” at the Metropolitan Market, 2320 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Join us on March 4th and donate.
Here is a list of needed items:
Nut-free granola bars
Single-serve tuna packets
Trail mix packets
Emphasizing single serve options for this is important.
And to complement the specific Packs for Kids items you could offer a family focused list of items too if you want to provide more options for shoppers:
Peanut butter and jelly
Pasta and sauce
Soups (veggie and meat options, protein rich)
Kid toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush)
See you March 4th!
2320 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116