Food for the weekend
Three Square has joined forces with numerous community partners to provide bags of nutritious, single-serving, ready-to-eat food items each Friday during the school year to children who might otherwise go without during weekends and long breaks from school.
BackPack for Kids is offered during the summer months to continue supporting childhood nutrition year-round. Thousands of children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals through the Clark County School District. When the school bell rings on Friday, many of these children go hungry until school resumes on Monday morning.
This program is one of several under Three Square’s umbrella of childhood nutrition programs. Each bag contains items to provide kids with ready-to-eat meals during the weekend. Items may include granola bars, crackers, pudding, cereal, shelf-stable milk, fruit juice boxes and two entrees.
The importance of childhood nutrition
Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to underperformance in school and lower academic achievement.
Children who grow up in families below 185% of the federal poverty level, and who live in food-insecure homes, suffer from two to four times as many health problems as their counterparts who do not experience hunger.
Children between the ages of five and seven who live in food-insecure households are nearly three times as likely to experience stunted growth and development.