Fresh Food 4 Kids
Fresh Food for Kids Program
Fresh Food 4 Kids (FF4F) is a new approach to serving children and families directly at school sites during the school year and into the summer months while considering the new standards of social distancing. Once to twice a month, the Food Bank drops off 4-6 pallets of food, with a wide assortment of shelf-stable items, meats, dairy, milk, eggs, fresh vegetables, and fruits.
The school staff and volunteers set up an efficient distribution drive-thru with a walk-up option that fits the school’s unique needs. The most significant benefit of this Program it is available to all enrolled children; the school site qualifies based on the school’s high ratio of free and reduced-price lunches. The onsite School Pantry option to provide supplemental items on demand. The school site offers a space to store and display food items. This space could be as small as a storage closet to as big as a room.
Some sites have only a closet with a few shelves, and others have a room with refrigeration. The school staff and volunteers are responsible for running the pantry, setting hours, setting distribution limits, record keeping, and submitting simple monthly reports, yearly surveys, and food order requests. Programs are flexible; school sites can decide to have one Program or the other, or both.