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Good Nutrition Matters

We serve thousands of kids for thousands of reasons – all children need good nutrition to be healthy and reach their full potential. By increasing access to fresh foods, we work to overcome health disparities that disproportionately affect children of color and children from low income communities.

Nourished children can better focus and pay attention in class

Healthy children are less likely to be sick and miss school

A good diet helps children properly grow their mind, body and soul

Kids’ Food Basket is Critical

Low-income neighborhoods frequently lack full-service grocery stores and farmers’ markets where residents can buy a variety of high-quality fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. According to USDA, “vehicle access is perhaps the most important determinant of whether or not a family can access affordable and nutritious food.”

We provide a direct service breaking down this barrier of food access for our students

Sack Suppers are distributed within classrooms at the end of each school day and during summer programs too, meaning every child in need can get one easily and safely.

We provide healthy, nourishing food that is ready to eat.

Every Sack Supper contains:

  • One serving of fruit
  • One serving of vegetables
  • One serving of protein
  • A healthy snack

We provide consistency that kids can count on each and every day.

What Does Research Show?

Kids’ Food Basket does more than feed kids — we are also a knowledgeable voice in the community solution to childhood hunger. We regularly monitor statistics regarding hunger issues. Learn more about hunger now:

  • Kent County

    View the resources available to Kent County residents by visiting AccessKent.com.

  • Map the Meal Gap

    This research focuses on food insecurity at the local level. Food-insecure households lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Their numbers account for major causes of food insecurity such as unemployment and poverty, as well as incidentals like medical bills or lack of access to nutritionally adequate foods- issues that impact families of all income levels.

  • Kids Count

    This resource strictly measures by students eligible for free or reduced prices in the federal School Lunch Program. Students from families reporting income between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty line are eligible for reduced priced meals, while children from families with incomes below 130% of poverty are eligible for a fully subsidized or “free” meal.