Although Federal Nutrition programs provide meals for students during the school week, weekends can be especially challenging. Weekend SnackPack and Middle School Markets were created to provide weekend food supplements to students who are identified by their teachers, creating food security for them over the weekend. With the support of partners, donors, and volunteers, United Way of Anderson County works hard to fill the weekend meal gap for these kids, solving their weekend hunger issue so they can return to school each Monday ready to learn.
Every week at the Second Harvest warehouse, volunteers pack kid-friendly, ready-to-eat food items in bags. Boxes of SnackPacks are delivered to Anderson County elementary schools for the entirety of the school year. School staff then place the SnackPacks in children’s backpacks to be discreetly sent home each Friday.
Middle School Markets
Middle School Market is a newly-launched program aimed at addressing hunger in our Anderson County middle schools. Each participating school gets a food pantry stocked with brand-name items that kids love. When a teacher sees a child is in need of something extra, they can offer a full bag of items from the pantry.
How can you help? Buy-a-Box!
Donate to the Buy-a-Box fundraiser on February 14th or any day during the month of February! Each box provides 8 children with 4 meals each - enough food to supplement for a weekend! You can also Buy-a-Box in honor of your Valentine and they'll receive a Valentines card from you via United Way (donate by 2/7)!