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 2017-18 school year, we have over 3,900 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 $150 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

*A special thanks to United Way of Greater St. Joseph’s IMPACT grant for supporting 46 children in St. Joseph.

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

All sites are closed for the season.

Kansas Locations

All sites are closed for the season

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