Kids NOW Food Program
Concerns about having sufficient food over the weekend is one of the unrelenting stresses endured by low income and poverty-level families in our community. The parents are grateful that their growing children receive healthy meals Monday through Friday at school during the school year and through community programs in the summer. But the weekends are another matter. To help address this concern, in 2010, Project WeHOPE joined the Second Harvest Food Bank Kids NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) Program so that our neighbors in need can benefit from the availability of supplemental food and nutrition.
Today, our local Kids NOW Program is a successful partnership among Project WeHOPE, which provides leadership, administration and volunteer coordination; Second Harvest Food Bank, which supplies the food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, at no charge; St Samuel Church in East Palo Alto, which provides the venue for food sorting and pickup; and a cadre of committed volunteers who each week transform three palettes of food into individual grocery bags for the families.
The operation, from delivery by Second Harvest, to repackaging by volunteers and pickup by families, occurs every Thursday, year-round. Each family is provided, free of charge, one bag of healthy groceries per child age 18 or younger. The contents meet many of the nutrition needs of the children for the weekend. Each week our Kids NOW program provides food to families with 200 children, but the reach is actually greater since, intentionally, there is sufficient food in each bag for additional family members.
If you’d like to help raise strong, healthy kids in our community, please inquire!