Kiwanis Children’s Food Collection Program
More than 21 million children qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. The problem is, what happens on weekends or school holidays when the programs fail to reach many of these children.
Over one in five children in America, one in three in minority communities, now live in a household that struggles to put food on the table. The impact can be devastating, with the children facing increased health risks and impaired cognitive development.
The Kiwanis Food for Children Program collects food for the Torrance Volunteer Center food bank, for distribution in the Carson area, timed so that the food can be taken home by the children on Fridays.
Collections are made at the high schools and the local Ralphs Market. Efforts are being made to expand the program by establishing permanent collection centers at store venues.