FAQ’s

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you are still not finding the answers you want, please contact us and let us know how we can help you.

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How much does it cost to sponsor a child or a school?

We work hard to keep our bag costs as low as we can, while still providing the best nutrition possible in each bag the students receive. Currently we can feed an elementary student for $12.50/mo or $150/yr and a middle and high school student for $30/mo or $360/yr. 100% of all donations are used to buy food only unless designated otherwise. 

Hunger doesn’t end during the summer, of course. During these months, we continue our efforts to provide for area children through a variety of trusted partners, including AISD summer school programs, Amarillo Parks and Recreation Department, Wesley Community Center, Hillside Christian Church Northeast Campus, City Church, and Maverick Boys and Girls Club. Our summer program cost $40 for the entire summer.

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Can I donate directly to a specific school or town?

Absolutely. Any community or school that participates in our program has its own account within SP4K. That means all donations specified for a particular school or area are applied exclusively to the bottom line of that school or area. Any non-dedicated donations go toward funding schools or areas that do not have sponsors. If you would like to donate to a specific school or community, just go to our donate page and follow the instructions on the form.

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How do you select which schools are in your program?

Actually, that’s not a choice we make: it’s up to communities and schools. We begin serving students once their schools have contacted us to inform us of the need on their respective campus. Once a school makes the initial contact, we meet to discuss their issues and needs. Our goal is to make sure, from the beginning, that SP4K will be a sustainable solution for their hungry students. 

How much of my donation actually goes to feeding children?

All of it. Every dollar and every dime. One hundred percent of all donations are used to purchase food for the program. We do not apply any donations to our overhead costs (i.e. wages, utilities, or maintenance). How can we accomplish this? It’s because of our partnership with Baptist Community Services, who generously cover all our overhead costs. This allows SP4K to use all of our donated funds to purchase food.

Have you stopped accepting PopTarts and Peanut Butter?

SP4K is committed to providing the very best brand new, brand name food for the kids we serve. With that in mind, we have opted to discontinue donations of Pop Tarts and peanut butter. With the recent rash of food recalls, we feel it is of the utmost importance that we are able to track 100% of the food we are distributing. Through our partnerships with Labatt Foods and Affiliated Foods, we are able to track the food used in our Snack Paks via lot number. We are unable to maintain that same standard with donated items. Through our buying cooperative, we are able to stretch our dollars and buy more than our generous donors can at retail. With this in mind, we will continue our commitment to use 100% of donated funds for food unless otherwise designated. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, we are taking our partnership with Kellogg's to the next level and will begin including brand name Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars in lieu of Pop Tarts.

Please know that we still need your partnership to help end weekend hunger in the Texas Panhandle! You can visit www.snackpak4kids.org/volunteer or call Ashley at 806-626-9012 for additional information. Thank you!

What types of foods are in the bags?

The food in our bags must meet the following criteria before being considered for our program:

  • Limited high-fructose corn syrup
  • Shelf stable (no refrigeration required)
  • Easy to open
  • No utensils needed to consume
  • No preparation required
  • No adult supervision to prepare a meal

Items currently in each bag include:

  • Apple & Eve 100% juice (2 per bag)
  • Musselman apple sauce or Del Monte fruit cup
  • Chocolate milk
  • White milk
  • Kellogg's Cereal (2 per bag)
  • Kellogg's NutriGrain bar
  • Planter's honey roasted peanuts
  • Beef stick - 100% beef (2 per bag)
  • Austin peanut butter crackers
  • Cheez-Its

During longer weekends and holidays, the students also receive one jar of peanut butter and a sleeve of crackers.

How are kids selected to be in your program?

At each participating school campus, staff members identify students who could potentially be living in food-insecure homes based on observed behaviors and physical symptoms. Financial criteria are not used to determine if a student is food insecure because income does not equal food security for children. Once identified, a teacher or counselor asks the child if he or she would like to be part of the program. If the child states “yes,” a permission form is sent home. The student begins to discretely receive Snack Pak bags after that form is signed and returned.

Similar criteria is used for our Middle School Snack Shak program, however, High School students self refer via the link on their school's website or on our Snack Shak site. 

What are some potential signs of food insecurity teachers observe?

  • Rushing food lines
  • Extreme hunger on Monday mornings
  • Eat others' food
  • Always ask for seconds
  • Extremely thin or obese
  • Chronically dry or cracked lips
  • Excessively sick or absent from school

How/when can I volunteer?

We love volunteers! In fact, other than a few staff positions, Snack Pak 4 Kids is entirely volunteer-driven; this is a community effort that requires the help of many people in order to feed more than 5,000 kids every week. We use www.signup.com to coordinate our volunteer efforts. On a regular basis, we need people to help:

  • Pick up empty totes at schools
  • Prep the warehouse for packing
  • Pack bags at the warehouse
  • Deliver totes to schools

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Are there age requirements for volunteers?

We do not have age requirements, and have found that every member of the family—regardless of age—can enjoy helping us prepare supplies or pack bags. Other than a few jobs that require heavy lifting or driving, we try to include all ages and abilities whenever possible.

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