Food For Kids
How can any child concentrate on education when they are hungry? Poverty causes many of these Title One students to arrive at school Monday morning without adequate nourishment. Simply put, these children are hungry and in some cases have not eaten since Friday’s school lunch. These circumstances create special needs and have dramatic effects on educational progress and self-esteem. Title One schools supply breakfast and lunch on school days… but who provides for them during the weekends?
Food For Kids is a Volunteer Center program that delivers non-perishable food to Title One elementary school children in the Compton and Long Beach Unified School Districts. The food is to be consumed over the weekend by these disadvantaged families. Every Friday, Volunteer Center volunteers assemble and deliver shopping bags to the schools/students. Each bag is filled with ten (10) items of non-perishable food, for example: pasta, tuna, oatmeal, soup, applesauce, rice, beans, canned beef, peas and cereals. This provides food for the family for the weekend.
What you do makes a difference to real children and is deeply appreciated by the children and their families.
To watch a short video of local media coverage of both the needs and the Food For Kids solution, please click the image below.
Food donations are provided by both individuals and corporate sectors of the community. The goal is to expand the Food For Kids program to help many more families.
To read a another recent story in the Press Telegram, click here.
- Each bag of food costs approximately $26.00. Donate to Food For Kids!
- Review our list of appropriate food items and drop off your non-perishable food donations at our Torrance Food Pantry. We only accept food that has not passed its expiration date.
- Contact Alexandra for more information about how else you can help.