The Snack Pack Program works to ensure that food-insecure elementary students throughout the district are taken care of on the weekends. Each week, volunteers meet together to pack 650+ bags of food for these children.
How do children qualify for the program?
Families must complete a Snack Pack Application Form (available in the counselor’s office at each elementary school), which includes the USDA Food Security Survey. Each application is scored, and the families that rate as truly food insecure receive Snack Packs for their children each Friday.
What goes in the Snack Packs and how much do they cost?
Together with the help of a nutritionist, the district food services department works hard to ensure that foods that go home with our kids in the Snack Pack are shelf stable, simple to prepare for little ones, and enough substance to ensure that the child will not go without throughout the weekend. While the menu for Snack Packs change each week, Snack Packs include a mix of the following items:
Fruitables fruit/veggie juice boxes, shelf-stable white and chocolate milk, fruit snacks, instant oatmeal, single-serve boxes of cereal, Easy Mac, granola bars, cereal bars, Slim Jim beef sticks, fresh apples and oranges, snacks items, peanut butter crackers, and Ramen noodles (beef flavored).
Each Snack Pack costs approximately $2.50-2.75.
How can I get involved?
- If you’d like to help volunteer to pack Snack Packs each week, click here to reach out and let us know. Volunteers meet at the Food Services Warehouse at 1420 Broadway each Friday at 11:15AM.
- If you’d like your business or group to collect donations for Snack Pack, click here to let us know. You can download a poster and pledge cards to invite your church, business, or group to give.
- To make a donation directly to the Snack Pack program simply mail a check to Bright Futures Joplin, 310 West 8th Street, Joplin, MO 64801. Be sure and tell us it is for Snack Packs! It is fully deductible.