The Andover Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants will be partnering with the Kansas Food Bank’s Food-4-Kids program to help chronically hungry children.
Every Friday during the school year, the Kansas Food Bank provides backpacks of food for children who don’t get enough to eat at home on the weekends. From July 9 through Aug. 5, the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in Andover will ask customers to donate $1 to become a “Child Hunger Hero.” Your donation will fill backpacks for these children during the 2012-13 school year.
Currently, the Food-4-Kids Backpack Program serves 13 children in Andover and more than 6,500 kids statewide.
Each backpack contains food the kids can just open and eat. For example, there may be peanut butter, pudding cups, fruit cups, cereal, beef jerky, raisins, milk and a juice box in the backpack. Each food bag costs roughly $4 to make and lasts the child for the weekend.
If a child does not get enough food outside of school, he or she is considered food insecure. Kansas has more than 158,000 food-insecure children. They come to school hungry, their focus at the start of the week is “When is lunch?” Receiving the backpack of food helps them to be able to concentrate on class, improve their learning skills and propel their education forward.
If you would like to help chronically hungry children in Andover, go to the Pizza Hut or Taco Bell between July 9 and Aug. 5 to donate and become a Child Hunger Hero.