Kids EmPower Pack is Missoula Food Bank & Community Center’s weekend nutrition program helping students to stay healthy & nourished when school is not in session.

Each Friday, a bag of food is tucked into the backpack of school children who experience chronic hunger over the weekends. This vital nutrition program reaches students in 39 different meal sites in the Missoula area, Lolo, Bonner, Frenchtown, Clinton, and Alberton, ranging from preschool through high school.

Kids in the program are identified by school officials who recognize behaviors & circumstances of children living with food insecurity at home. Some of those behaviors include hoarding food from lunch on Fridays, nervousness or anxiety for the weekends and disruptive, unfocused behavior on Monday mornings.

Each EmPower Pack contains 2 entrees, 2 breakfasts, hearty snacks, fresh fruits and milk. Each Kids EmPower Pack costs $4.00 and every dollar donated to this program supports healthy, nutritious food for kids enrolled in this program.

In 2019-2020 school year, Kids EmPower Pack was supported 1,128 local kids each weekend through 43,856 Kids EmPower Packs.

Make a Donation

This program is currently in the following schools:

Family Resource Centers manage enrollment for weekend food. If this program could benefit your family, we encourage you to contact your school Family Resource Center (FRC) or FIT Coordinator.

To learn more about this program, contact Jamie Koscondy, Program Manager 406.549.0543, ext. 213.