Food for Kids

In our four-county service area, more than 22% of children do not have access to enough food to lead a healthy life.

Children who are hungry may be sick more often, may have difficulty learning, and may be prone to behavioral problems.

Through our Food for Kids Initiative, we have developed feeding programs to assist children from infancy through young adulthood.  For more information on our Food for Kids Initiative, contact Elyse Burgher, Agency/Community Programs Manager, at (716) 935-6701 or eburgher@foodbankwny.org

Baby Needs Program

In any given month, the Food Bank assists as many as 4,168 infants through our member agencies. The Baby Needs Program meets the emergency needs of infants and young children by providing their caretakers with a supply of diapers, infant formula, and baby care products. These items are distributed through emergency food providers that continually serve a high number of families with infants. The Baby Needs Program is made possible through grants and private donors. Donations of diapers, formula, baby wipes, baby cereal, and jarred baby foods are accepted and greatly appreciated.

BackPack Program

Many children who rely on free and/or reduced-price school meals may be left without an adequate supply of food on the weekends or holidays when school is closed. The BackPack Program assists these students by providing easily prepared, nutritious food in take-home bags each Friday throughout the school year. This program is offered to elementary schools in which at least 50% of students are eligible for free school lunch. The BackPack Program currently serves more than 2,700 children in 41 elementary schools throughout our four-county service area.

School Pantry Program

The School Pantry Program provides high school students access to nutritious food that can be shared with others in their household.  Participating schools host a food pantry within the school building, and discretely allow students to “shop” the pantry for foods. This program is especially critical to high school-aged children who serve as the primary or sole caretaker of their younger siblings or cousins. Other students rely on their school pantry because their parent/guardian is unable to obtain food due to a disability, unpredictable work schedules or lack of transportation. The Food Bank is currently piloting the School Pantry Program in two Buffalo charter schools.