The Northland Childhood Hunger Initiative Fund evolved out of the Northland Childhood Hunger Fund adopted by the Northland Community Foundation in 2009 to combat childhood hunger in Clay and Platte Counties. In the fall of 2013, the fund was renamed Feed Northland Kids, to align it with the website name.

We exist because there are 3,200 children in the Northland who are deemed “food insecure,” meaning financial pressures in the home result in lack of nutritional food availability. While school programs assist before and during school, weekends are the challenge. These children need food on the weekend!

We have partnered with Harvesters Community Food Network through their existing BackSnack Program to address this need. Harvesters’ BackSnack program addresses weekend hunger by providing healthy, kid-friendly foods for children. Harvesters provides the food and volunteers pack food kits weekly at Harvesters. A community partnering organization picks up the empty backpacks from the school, cleans them out and packs them with food kits. School staff distributes them on Friday to the kids who bring them back on Monday to start the whole process again. When we began this initiative, Harvesters was providing backpacks to approximately 1,000 children in the Northland. Through the support of a number of donors, we have secured funding to expand this program to 2,800 children in the Northland in 2013.
We can meet the entire need by:
- Growing the BackSnack program to meet the full need of feeding 3,200 chronically hungry children;
- Expanding the program from 26 elementary schools in Clay and Platte County to 58;
- Educating the Northland community about childhood hunger; and
- Developing sound relationships with funders, volunteers, community partners and schools to ensure the sustainability of funding to address childhood hunger in the Northland.

It costs $250 to provide a backpack to one child for a year. Join us, become a “Backpack Buddy” and help erase childhood hunger from our Northland schools. Studies show students who participate in this program experience fewer disciplinary issues, increase their attendance and make better grades. Hunger is the enemy of good education! JOIN US AND SUPPORT THIS EFFORT with your tax deductible contribution TODAY!

To make a contribution by credit card, please click the "Donate Now" button below. Please note that your credit card statement will show a charge to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. You can also make a donation with a check made payable to the Northland Community Foundation with "Feed Northland Kids" in the memo line. Please mail to: Northland Community Foundation, 1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105. If you are interested in making a stock contribution or wire transfer, please contact Donor Services at 816-842-7444.

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