According to Feeding America, children facing food insecurity at home are more likely to experience developmental impairments. Children need nutrients so they can grow, develop and focus on learning instead of thinking about the food they need. Ultimately, they need to be able to concentrate in the classroom so they can succeed in school and lead healthy lives.

Channel One Regional Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger program began in 2010 with two participating elementary schools. Our program now supports 35 schools in Olmsted County and over 30 additional schools in southeast Minnesota.

Using Feeding America’s BackPack Program model, our childhood hunger programs help ensure kids get the healthy meals they need during the school year. One of our programs provides children with easy to prepare, nutritious meals for weekends and distance learning days– when school breakfast and lunch are not available. We also provide food to school food pantries when in-person school is in session.