Children & Families
Every day, 1 in 4 children in San Francisco and Marin is at risk of hunger.
High unemployment, low wages, the rising cost of living, and cuts to government safety-net programs for low-income families force many parents to look for other ways to put food on the table for their children. In fact, we've seen a 25% increase in the number of households accessing our Healthy Children Pantries over the past two years.
The Food Bank has made addressing childhood hunger a top priority. Our innovative programs offer a lifeline, providing nutritious, easily accessible foods for children and their parents.
Healthy Children Pantries
Our Healthy Children Pantries provide low-income parents with fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich foods such as meat or eggs, and staples like rice and pasta that they can use to prepare nutritious meals for their families at home. These farmers' market-style pantries are conveniently located in public schools, giving parents easy access to nutritious food as they drop off or pick up their children. More than 5,600 families are served by our network of 57 Healthy Children Pantries each week.
Morning Snack Program
Many children come to school hungry, making it difficult for them to pay attention in the classroom. School breakfast and lunch programs are essential for meeting the daily nutritional needs of low-income children, but growing kids also need a mid-morning nutrition break.Our Morning Snack Program provides students with wholesome snacks such as fresh fruits, carrots and string cheese, giving them the fuel they need to learn. Working in partnership with over 30 public schools with large numbers of low-income students, the Morning Snack Program serves 11,000 children each school day.
Summer Snack Program
Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation — but when school is out, many low-income children miss out on the free or reduced-price school meals they count on during the school year. That's why the Food Bank partners with the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) to provide nutritious snacks at youth centers all summer long. Kids can grab snacks such as fruits, vegetables, cheese or granola bars to help fuel their busy, active days.