Archive for February, 2009

Snack Program

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

As we’ve reported before, we are sponsoring a healthy snack program for children in conjunction with the San Francisco Food Bank.  Here is a detailed update of the program:

On January 13, 2009 the Morning Snack Program pilot program was launched at 3 participating schools: Bret Harte Elementary School , Daniel Webster Elementary School and Sheridan Elementary School.  Each school received their snack distribution with their weekly Healthy Children Pantry delivery, receiving 5 days worth of snack items. The first snack distribution consisted of oranges, pretzels, juice or handi-snacks (cheese and crackers), providing each student with 1-2 items per day. Other snack distributions since then have included Kashi bars, milk and apples.

Each school is in the process of developing their “in-class” snack distribution model that works best for them. For example, Sheridan ES served their snack communally, offering the food on tables outside the classroom. The principal at Bret Harte Elementary School is labeling file boxes and brings the snacks to each classroom for the week. Also, at Bret Harte, the oranges are cut up by the principal, packaged in Ziplock bags and stored in a refrigerator so that teachers can have snacks handy for the classroom at the appropriate time. Daniel Webster Elementary School has a parent volunteer who helps distribute the snacks at an early recess, handing the snacks to each child individually.

Teachers and the school principals are reporting to us that the kids love the fresh fruit. Particularly, the older kids (grades 1 through 5) are very appreciative of the food because, for many kids prior to the snack distributions, they were hungry by mid-morning from not getting a good breakfast or not having access to a healthy breakfast. So far, teachers and principals have been nothing less than exuberant about the quality and choices of the snack items.

We’re looking forward to working with the Food Bank to expand this great and much needed program.

616 Served

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

This past Friday The Pantry served 616 people–everything from pears, endive, apples and potatoes to treats of cookies and popcorn.  To be a part of our efforts, click on the DONATE button, and make a huge impact in a person’s life.

New Faces in Need

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Please read this article in the New York Times about increased demand at food banks.  Many of those visiting are first time folks who have been newly impacted by the recession.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/nyregion/20food.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=food%20banks&st=cse

Healthy Snacks for School Children

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The Food Pantry is working with the San Francisco Food Bank to provide healthy snacks for school children.  The Food Pantry recently donated funds to the Food Bank to launch a program providing daily healthy snacks, including lots of fresh fruit, to low income school children.  Often times, low income children receive a free or reduced cost breakfast and/or lunch at school, but not a mid-day snack.  Now, thanks to our joint efforts, thousands of children are receiving daily healthy snacks.  We hope to continue expanding this program, serving more children.  If you would like to help support this program, simply click on our donate button and make a secure online donation.