$150/yr. or $12.50/mo. feeds an elementary student.
$360/yr. or $30/mo. feeds a middle or high school student.
Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:42 PM CDT Updated: Sep 11, 2014 11:17 PM CDT
Amarillo, TX - Caprock High School has many students who face being hungry over the weekend and school officials are trying to bring the Snack Pak 4 Kids high school program to their students.
Last year, Snack Pak 4 Kids started a program specifically designed for high school students by high school students called Snack Shak. It's been such a success at Tascosa and Amarillo High that Caprock is eager to get a program of their own, but they may not have enough money to do it.
Snack Shak allows students in need of extra help over the weekend to submit an anonymous food request online without anyone ever knowing. They select what food items they want in their weekend bag and which faculty member they trust to pick it up from.
A unique aspect of Snack Shak is that it is entirely run by students. "We literally have students at those two campuses who are packing bags that are actually on the program, but no one knows because we use student IDs to identify students who are using the program," said Snack Pak 4 Kids creator Dyron Howell.
The Snack Shak program is needed at Caprock because 75 percent of their students are on the free or reduced lunch program, which is about 1,400 students.
"What we want to do is make sure their needs are being taken care of when they are away from school," said Caprock HS principal David Bishop. "When they're at school, we can take care of them, but on the weekends sometimes those needs go unmet."
A foundation in Austin gave Snack Pak 4 Kids a $20,000 grant to start the program at Caprock, but they have to match the grant in order to keep the money.
If they can raise the funds, Caprock has everything ready to launch the Snack Shak program. "Our Key Club is going to sponsor it. Our kids are already ready. We have a place set up to do it. We're just waiting on the final donations to come in so we can sustain the program and make it something we can do forever with our kids," said Bishop.
So far, they have only raised about $2,000. For ways to donate and make the Caprock Snack Shak a reality, visit SnackPak4Kids.org/donate.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10