Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids | UMCM Suncoast

Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids

General Information

“Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids” is a community outreach program of UMCM Suncoast, local school boards in Pinellas, Manatee, and Pasco Counties, and area churches and collaborative partners.  The program is designed to help address chronic hunger among elementary age children in our public schools.  This has been estimated to be approximately 10-15% of all children eligible for free or reduced meals at school.


Who is Eligible?

Any child in a participating school identified by a teacher or school personnel because that child exhibits behaviors that may indicate chronic hunger or food insecurity*, as well as any younger siblings living in the same home.

*What is hunger and food insecurity?

Hunger- chronically inadequate nutritional intake or the uneasy and uncomfortable sensation caused by involuntary lack of food.

Food Insecurity- limited or uncertain access to a nutritionally adequate diet, characterized by skipped meals, reduced food portions and/or uncertainty of being able to adequately feed all household members.


How the Program Works

  • A school wishing to participate in the program is matched with a local church, civic group, business, or other organization that would like to provide healthy snacks each weekend for eligible students.
  • A student identified as being in need of services is referred to the designated community contact from the school.
  • The child’s parent/guardian must be willing to participate in the program and return the signed Participation Form to the school to signify that agreement.
  • Orders for individual Sacks are sent to the Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids church/partner Team Leader by the School Liaison weekly.
  • The Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids Team packs the Sacks (plastic bags) and delivers them to the School Liaison by Friday or the end of the academic week.It is the responsibility of the appointed School Liaison in consultation with the principal to determine how and when the Sacks will be distributed.

If your school, church or group is interested in learning more about this program, please email Andrew Chouinard  at or call him at 727-754-3974.