About the Buddy Pack Program
One in five children in our service area faces hunger on a regular basis, with more than half qualifying for free or reduced-price meals at school. Studies show children who face food insecurity are more likely to repeat experience problems at school, are more likely to suffer from anxiousness and irritability and tend to have to repeat a grade at school more often than peers who are not food insecure. In our service area, teachers report improved grades, behavior and social skills when children receive Buddy Pack nutrition compared to food insecure peers who do not receive Buddy Packs.
Buddy Packs are bags of kid-friendly nutrition sent home on Fridays and before school breaks to children who rely on subsidized school meals. Each bag contains two ready-to-eat entrees, fruit cups, a nutritional bar, cereal and shelf-stable milk with peanut butter provided monthly. A $180 donation, or just $15 per month, provides one Buddy Pack to a child in your community for an entire school year.