Snack Paks are an ideal solution for younger children, but once kids reach middle school and high school, feeding them brings new challenges. First, the contents of a typical weekend Snack Pak provide barely one meal for a growing teenager. Older kids need more calories, better choices, and bigger quantities than elementary children.
Secondly, appearance and perception become much more important to older students. No teenager wants to be seen coming out of the “food pantry” or carrying around a Snack Pak bag. No one wants to be singled out as “needy” or “hungry” or any other potentially misunderstood label.
But food insecurity doesn’t stop when you reach 6th grade. Hungry teens perform worse academically and attend school less often. Our solution to the problem of teen hunger is Snack Shak, a revolutionary program developed by teenagers for teenagers. It matches adult-sized portions and choices with a student-run process.