With a full stomach, children are able to interact well with others and excel in school.
We provide and deliver nutritious, kid-friendly meals to over 120 local students who lack access to other food programs during school breaks.
From 2011 to August 2019, Food4Kids served over 650 students, providing 24,783 days of food, two meals per day, or over 49,566 meals.
We anticipate that growth will continue in 2021 as more children participate in the program.
10 weeks of food for over 75 kids
14 weeks of food for over 120 kids
We anticipate higher need in 2021
Volunteers from across the community help pack and deliver the meals.
We typically pack at Wolfle Elementary School or the S’Klallam Tribal Gym, however, due to Covid we had to pivot. We are grateful for a generous couple who opened up a large space to us this year so that food could be packed by socially distanced (and mask wearing) volunteers.
Stan Mack shares the story behind the founding of Kingston Cares and the history of the Food4Kids program.
Parents and caregivers are appreciative of the Food4Kids program. Kids often wait outside for the food delivery and offer to help carry in the bags. One mom came out to help with the delivery and we were able to provide her two extra bags of food. She was overwhelmed and thanked us profusely, saying with tears in her eyes, “we can really use this now.”
After a holiday, a bus driver went into the school to talk to the guidance counselor following his morning run, relating that the behavior on the bus was unusually good and inquiring what had happened? What happened? Students had eaten over the break and weren’t arriving at school hungry.
A volunteer at Wolfle shared that a previously inquisitive, lively little girl became belligerent and hostile in the two weeks leading up to the winter break. The child could not focus on learning. The volunteer asked the teacher what was going on and her response was that the little girl was upset that school was closing and was worried she wouldn’t have any food to eat over the holiday. Her focus was on fear of hunger rather than schoolwork.
Kingston Cares thanks our partners for their support to Food4Kids
North Kitsap School District
ShareNet and S’Klallam Food Banks
Greater Kingston Kiwanis
Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club
We also appreciate the grants from national and local organizations and the generous donations from individuals that provide funding.
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