Meals 4 Kids is a program that ensures that the students in Hands On Atlanta’s tutorial and enrichment programs (most of whom receive free lunch during the week) don’t go hungry on the weekends. Hands On Atlanta recognizes that proper nutrition is essential to learning. So, with the help of caring volunteers, we provide healthy take-home meals and snack foods to students each weekend.
How does Meals 4 Kids work?
Students/families needing assistance are identified by our partner schools. Students must also be participants in Hands On Atlanta’s tutorial and enrichment programs in order to be eligible. However, food is also provided for all children in the household to ensure that no child is unfed.
Each week, Hands On Atlanta volunteers assemble backpacks filled with ready-to-eat meals and snack foods that don’t require refrigeration, such as instant oatmeal, fruit cups, canned meats, juice/milk boxes. Assembly events take place at Hands On Atlanta after orientation and at the sites of corporate sponsors (as employee engagement events). Backpacks are delivered to the children at schools on Fridays. Children return their backpacks on Mondays, and the process begins again.
Who does Meals 4 Kids serve?
Meals 4 Kids serves students who qualify for free/reduced lunch and participate in Hands On Atlanta’s school-based programs, and their siblings. Meals 4 Kids also provides a meaningful volunteer and employee engagement opportunity. It is a simple service activity that orients participants the variety of factors impacting children’s educational outcomes and the ways they can continue volunteering through Hands On Atlanta in order to make a difference.