Making a Difference Through Snack Pak 4 Kids

Did you know there are children in Perryton who might not eat a meal after they leave school and go home for the night or weekend? For many students, their only meals are the free breakfasts and lunches they receive at school. Thankfully, a newly formed group in town is helping prevent that.

Snack Pak 4 Kids Perryton began serving our local children in February. In its first week, the organization garnered 49 volunteers to pack food for 120 students, 5th grade and under.

The organizations’ volunteers pack 10 to 12 nutritious snacks in plastic bags and deliver them to the schools. The snacks are then discreetly placed in backpacks to be sent home each Friday. Snacks are also provided for siblings who are not old enough to attend school. Elementary-age students are identified by school personnel and then recommended to the program.

How To Help
If you would like to help Snack Pak 4 Kids, you can donate time and/or money. The organization meets every other week on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Williams school gym to pack snacks. Typically, volunteers assemble a little early to choose snacks, and then they form assembly lines. They finish packing around 7:30 and pray over the food. Upcoming dates include April 1, 15, and 29.

Financial donations are also needed. You can support a student for $133 a year, $11 a month, or $3.05 a week. Donations can be mailed to Joann McCoy at 1609 Harvard. Make checks payable to “Snack Pak 4 Kids” and write “Perryton” in the memo line.

For additional information and reminders, be sure to “like” the Snack Pak 4 Kids Perryton Facebook page.

About Snack Pak 4 Kids
Snack Pak 4 Kids began in September 2010 when a Bushland, Texas, couple realized Amarillo was the largest city west of Dallas without a weekend backpack program. The couple started in their kitchen and fed 10 students. The organization’s mission is to “end weekend hunger for children living in the Texas panhandle by providing a backpack filled with kid-friendly snacks each Friday of the school year.” It currently serves more than 3,000 students in 15 school districts, and its vision is to be in each panhandle community.

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