What People Say About the Kids' Meals Program

In surveys received from children during the 2014-2015 school year, top responses to the question "How does Weekend Kids' Meals help you?" included having more energy, feeling healthy and strong, and working better at school. Parents reported seeing the program positively impact their kids, with the vast majority stating they liked the program, the food was healthy, and the program helped their family.

"The healthy development of all children benefits all of society by providing a solid foundation for economic productivity, responsible citizenship, and strong communities."

- Jack P. Shonkoff, MD
Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

"My kids feel that they are really helping the family by bringing food home."

- A parent

"It makes me feel special."

- A child

Too many of our children living in west central Wisconsin are food insecure. These children struggle to have three healthy meals every day, especially when school meals are not available. Research indicates that hungry children have lower academic achievement because they have difficulty concentrating.

Weekend Kids' Meals

Each week, Feed My People Food Bank provides bags of food for about 2,100 preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students. Each bag contains easy to prepare foods for two breakfasts and two lunches, including two pieces of fresh fruit.

The program is offered at 38 sites in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.
A fleet of dedicated volunteers pack the meals and deliver them to schools each week.

In addition to school sites, the Boys & Girls Club and Agnes' Table receive meals to distribute. Feed My People Food Bank also provides program support to partner agencies that offer similar weekend meal programs in other locations throughout our 14-county service area. During the summer months meals are distributed through the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Parks and Recreation Department, The Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, the Community Table, and Summer School locations.

The program is generously supported by contributions from the Walmart Foundation, the Otto Bremer Foundation, Feeding America (thanks to Rachael Ray’s Yum o! Organization), Rutledge Charities, the Women's Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, the Pain Clinic of Northwestern Wisconsin, area churches, and many generous individuals in our community.

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Contact Michelle Pride at 715.835.9415 extension 110, or .