Nourishing Children


What does it mean to not know where you will get your next meal? One in five children in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas knows what this means — it’s called food insecurity.
Second Harvest provides access to nutritious food through strategic programs so children don’t have to go to bed hungry.

Backpack BuddiesKate’s CaféNo Hunger SummerCampus Cupboard

Backpack Buddies

Many of the children in our community that receive free or reduced-price lunches at school spend long, hungry hours trying to get through weekends, when meals may not be available.
Each child enrolled in Backpack Buddies, the supplemental weekend feeding program of Second Harvest Community Food Bank, receives a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch and a healthy snack each weekend during the school year. Second Harvest provides a variety of nutritious foods through Backpack Buddies, based on four rotating menus used during the year.

For the 2018-19 school year, we have over 3,500 children from 18 counties and over 50 schools, Head Start or after-school programs participating in Backpack Buddies. Currently, the program covers 36 weeks of the school year, and now also covers extended holiday breaks.

The Backpack Buddies program needs YOU in order to serve healthy foods to community children every weekend. It costs only $175 to support a child for a full year in the Backpack Buddies program.

Donate Today!

To donate by check, please write “Backpack Buddies” on the memo line and mail your donation to:

Second Harvest Community Food Bank
915 Douglas Street, St. Joseph, MO 64505

Kate’s Café

Many of the food insecure children in our community receive a free or reduced-price lunch, but they face long hours after school with not enough to eat.

That’s where Kate’s Café comes in, serving a nutritious, hot meal each weekday after school. These children would not otherwise receive a healthy meal.

Second Harvest’s Kate’s Cafe are closed for the Summer.


No Hunger Summer

At Second Harvest Community Food Bank, we know that summer break takes away the opportunity for kids that receive free or reduced-price lunches to have access to nutritious foods. The No Hunger Summer feeding program provides free lunches to children and families five days a week during the summer. Get involved with the No Hunger Summer and find out more about the food that’s in when school is out!NoHungerSummer_logo

Missouri Locations

June 18 – August 10, 2018

Monday through Friday

Open 11:30am till 1:00pm (Unless Indicated)

All sites closed July 4, 2018

Buchanan County  (St. Joseph,MO)

Evolution United Methodist: 202 W Hyde Park

Lake Contrary: 5715 SW Lakefront Lane

Patee Park: 10th  & Penn St

Downtown Library: 927 Felix St

Washington Park Library: 1821 North 3rd  St

Oakridge: 1205 Angelique

Gene Field Apt : 3515 Gene Field Rd

Brittany Village: 1601 North 36th St

Pleasant Heights: 2902 36th St

Bartlett Center: 409 South 18th St

Brookdale: 203 South 31st St

Best Summer Camp: 3529 Frederick Ave

Deer Park Grace UMC: 2522 Leonard Rd

Northwood Terrace Apts: 1203 Northwood Dr

Andrew County

Savannah Methodist Church: 103 North 3rd – Savannah, MO    07-02-18 to 08-10-18

Livingston County

North MO Center for Youth: 211 Locust – Chillicothe, MO    05-21-18 to 08-10-18

Nodaway County

Burlington Junction UMC: 222 Clarinda St – Burlington Junction   06-04-18 to 08-10-18

Laura Baptist Church: 120 S Laura St – Maryville, MO   06-25-18 to 08-15-18

Caldwell County

First Baptist Church: 110 E Elm St – Polo, MO   05-29-18 to 08-10-18

Atchison County

Tarkio Nutrition Center: 412 Main – Tarkio, MO      05-29-18 to 08-10-18

Fairfax City Hall: 201 East Main – Fairfax, MO      05-29-18 to 08-10-18

Rockport UMC: 211 West Opp St – Rockport, MO     05-29-18 to 08-10-18

Kansas Locations

June 18 – August 10, 2018

Monday through Friday

Open 11:30am till 1:00pm  (Unless Indicated)

All sites closed July 4, 2018

Doniphan County:

Wathena Baptist Church: 407 N 3rd, Wathena, KS     06-04-18 to 08-10-18

Elwood Library: 419 N 9th, Elwood, KS     05-29-18 to 08-10-18

Elwood Park: 7th & Massachusetts, Elwood, KS     05-29-18 to 8-10-18

White Cloud Iowa Tribe: 3345 B Thrasher Rd, White Cloud, KS

Brown County:

Hiawatha LEC: 709 Utah – Hiawatha, KS     06-04-18 to 07-27-18

Horton Library: 809 1st Ave. E – Horton, KS     05-18-18 to 08-10-18

Kickapoo Girls & Boys Club: 883 112th Dr. – Horton, KS     05-29-18 to 08-03-18

        Powhattan: 218 E Main – Powhattan, KS     06-04-18 to 08-08-18

Morrill Library: 431 Oregon St – Hiawatha, KS     06-04-18 to 08-06-18

Atchison County:

Salvation Army: 926 Commercial – Atchison, KS     05-29-18

        Jackson Park: 6th & College – Atchison, KS     05-29-18

Effingham Park: 302 Main St – Effingham, KS     05-29-18

Leavenworth County:

Leavenworth Library: 417 Spruce St. – Leavenworth, KS   snack only check library for times

Campus Cupboard

Hunger can affect our neighbors—no matter their age! While our Backpack Buddies program is great for providing healthy meals to elementary-aged kids, many food insecure families include older kids, too. Campus Cupboard is the answer.

Campus Cupboard provides a food pantry on school grounds for children of all ages. The Campus Cupboard is available to any enrolled student and their families during scheduled hours of the school year.

The Campus Cupboard pantry is stocked with healthy food from Second Harvest Community Food Bank, and families are able to use the pantry on a first come, first served basis.

Check out the Campus Cupboard at your local school:

  • Bode Middle School
  • Truman Middle School
  • Spring Garden Middle School
  • Robidioux Middle School
  • Benton High School
  • Central High School
  • Lafayette High School
  • Webster Learning School
  • Leavenworth High School
  • Leavenworth Richard Warren Middle School
  • Missouri Western State University
  • Savannah High School
  • Highland Community College
  • Worth County RIII