According to Feeding America’s most recent Map the Meal Gap, on average, 1 in 4 households in the Brazos Valley with children are at risk of hunger. Children without proper nutrition have difficulties concentrating in school and are more prone to chronic illness that may hinder their growth and development.
While schools provide meals for their students through school breakfast and lunch programs, some children may not have sufficient access to adequate, nutritious food at outside of school hours. The Brazos Valley Food Bank addresses childhood hunger through two children’s programs: BackPack and School-Based Food Pantries.
The BackPack Program provides a bag of easy to access food each week to elementary school aged children to address weekend hunger.
School-Based Food Pantries serve middle and high school aged children with food and hygiene items throughout the school year.