Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

Take our Readiness Survey. After our experienced staff members have reviewed the results of your survey, we’ll contact you and work out a plan for moving forward. At that point, you can join the Kids’ Supper Club and begin to take advantage of our online resources and training program.

What is the Six Pillar Model?

The Six Pillars of the Kids’ Supper Club model are Food, Volunteers, Schools, Facilities, Funding, and Governance. You can find out more about how each pillar contributes to the success of a program at The Model.

Do I need funding?

Yes. But don’t worry – Kids’ Supper Club provides a variety of resources as well as connections to funders to help make this effort as simple as possible. Visit the Funding Pillar to see the kinds of resources that are available to start a Kids’ Supper Club in your community.

How are you different than a Backpack Program?

Backpack Programs are a once a week meal supplement, whereas our Sack Suppers are evening meals served five days per week, ensuring consistent access to good nutrition. Our Sack Supper program can work in addendum to a backpack program, and many sites do choose to do both. Additional information surrounding program distinctions between the Kids’ Supper Club model and other children’s feeding programs can be found on the How We Compare page.

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity refers to the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times.  Adults and children living in food insecure households do not consistently know where their next meal is coming from.

How big of a problem is childhood food insecurity?

According to a 2014 report by the USDA, 15.3 million children in the United States are living in food insecure households – that’s 21.1% of all children in this country.

Where does food for a Kids’ Supper Club program come from?

Food comes from a variety of low cost and no cost food sources such as food banks, retailers, and Wish List drives sponsored by community members. Visit the Food Pillar to learn more about food procurement.

How are the children who receive Sack Suppers identified?

School officials provide our programs with the number (not names) of children at their sites that they know are living in food insecure households. Teachers, nurses, and social workers also recognize the signs of poor nutrition, which include listlessness, low energy, below normal growth, pale complexion, circles under the eyes, and poor concentration.

Who funds Kids’ Supper Club sites?

Funders include foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Many community supporters also give donations of time and food to make sure that children are fed. Our parent organization, Kids’ Food Basket, has been 100% charitably funded since inception and does not receive government funding.

What does a membership in the Kids’ Supper Club include?

  • Login to the website, with access to dozens of ready-to-use online resources.
  • Use of the knowledge, experience, and credibility that come with your association with Kids’ Supper Club.
  • 500 points of expert technical assistance (this equates to about 1 hr per week for your first year).
  • On-site, multi-day training at a Kids’ Supper Club location.

How can I get involved?

See if there is already a Kids’ Supper Club location operating in your area. If so, feel free to contact the local administrator. If not, look into starting a new program in your area at Join the Club.