Loveland nonprofit, KidsPak, is on a mission to provide weekend meals to food insecure children in Thompson School District.
What began as a program of Loveland Rotary has grown into a standalone nonprofit organization through the guidance and dedication of volunteers. KidsPak boasts a roster of 260 volunteers to meet the increasing demand for its food distribution services.
“Food insecurity is going up, not down,” says Tom Carrigan, Board President of KidsPak, “Our goal is to provide kids with nutritious meals over the weekend so they’re ready to learn on Monday.”
KidsPak had a record-breaking summer, providing 23,000 meals at 11 Thompson School District locations, Boys & Girls Clubs, and libraries. Now that the school year in underway, KidsPak is experiencing a significant increase in demand for its weekend food bags, which help feed the 5,000 families in Thompson School District who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
In response to the growing need, the organization purchased two acres of land in north Loveland this summer. “This land will allow for the construction of a 7,000 square-foot facility for food distribution,” announced Tom. “For the sake of our children, it’s time to invest in ourselves.”
KidsPak is in the pre-construction phase of developing their new facility with a handful of committed donors and a freshly minted campaign plan. Next month, the organization will celebrate 1 million meals distributed since its inception. The Community Foundation congratulates KidsPak on its impact to-date, as well as the thousands of students who will benefit from KidsPak’s program expansion.