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The KidsBites initiative provides access to nutritious food in low-income areas for children and their families to help ensure that kids in our service area have the food they need to thrive and grow. Since its inception, KidsBites has provided almost 250,000 pounds of food to children and their families. To meet the needs and size of different communities, Philabundance offers several program models:

MobilePantry

The MobilePantry provides an experience similar to shopping at a farmer’s market or grocery store, but all items are free to participants, and help encourage healthy eating by providing fresh produce, and other items, such as protein, dairy and grocery products.

In the fall of 2012 we brought our first MobilePantry to Lowell Elementary in the Olney section of Philadelphia. The MobilePantry is accessible to all enrolled students and their families. It relies on dedicated volunteers who set up and distribute food twice a month. In 2016, the program served an average of 55 families at each biweekly distribution, where each family received 15-20 pounds of food, resulting in approximately 42,000 pounds of food.

To maintain the dignity and respect of our clients, we require no proof of income.

LunchBox

The LunchBox program launched in 2014 and provides free and nutritious ready-to-eat meals for kids under 18. Meals are produced by our culinary training program, Philabundance Community Kitchen, and distributed at targeted sites. Clients register at a site and receive a ready-to-eat meal that day. In 2016 the program served an average of 15,000 meals to children in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

BackPack

The BackPack pilot program provides free and nutritious easy-to-prepare supplemental meals for kids. BackPack meal kits provide 3-5 pounds of food which will offer approximately 3-6 meals featuring kid-friendly items that require little to no prep and are portion-friendly. The backpacks will be provided to all enrolled students and families at the partner school.

This model provides easy access for students and families with a convenient “grab and go” bag of nutritious food. All students will receive a backpack meal kit unless the family specifically declines to participate.

BabyManna

BabyManna is an annual campaign to raise funds to purchase infant formula, baby food, kid-friendly foods and other needed children’s items. Every year Philabundance purchases large quantities of these items, thanks to the fundraising campaign supported by generous funders and individuals. For over a decade more than 250 churches, synagogues and other organizations have collected funds for BabyManna on Mother’s Day weekend. Philabundance uses this support to help provide these needed items at deeply discounted rates to our non-profit partners.

Are you a school or community-based site interested in learning more about how to host one of these programs?

Review the application.