Child Programs

Child Programs

1 in every 4 kids in North Texas is food insecure. That's why NTFB seeks innovative and effective solutions to feed hungry children in our community. Through our Child Programs, we work with schools and social service programs in our 13 county service area to distribute and serve nutritious foods to kids in need throughout the school year and the summer months.


Food 4 Kids
Elementary school children on the free and reduced-price school meal program often face hunger when meals are not available on weekends. Working with educators to identify chronically hungry kids, the Food 4 Kids program provides backpacks full of nutritious, nonperishable, kid-friendly food to take home each Friday afternoon during the school year. The program spans 11 North Texas counties, operating in 350 schools, serving up to 11,000 chronically hungry children each week. 

Through a partnership with Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and community supporters, Food 4 Kids expanded to serve some 1,400 children in need in that community. Click here to learn more about the Food 4 Kids - Plano initiative.

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Kids Cafe
NTFB’s Kids Cafe program began in 1998 as a means to provide nutritious after-school meals to children who may not have enough to eat when they get home from school. NTFB has expanded the Kids Cafe program to include the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), as well as the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), providing after-school meals during the school year, and lunch and snacks during the summer months.  Through the Kids Cafe program, the NTFB serves on average 1,600 students after-school and nearly 2,400 children during the summer months.

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School Pantry Program
Students and their families can access non-perishable items and fresh produce at local school pantries. Distribution takes place after school and students who visit the school pantry leave with more than 20 pounds of shelf-stable food and 15 pounds of produce. In 2017-2018 we served nearly 500,000 pounds of food through the School Pantry program.

Volunteer with the School Pantry program

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