Variety Feeds Kids began in 2014 by providing qualifying children in the Pontiac Public School District who are at-risk of weekend hunger with balanced, nutritious food. Elementary students whose daily breakfasts and lunches were provided through school food programs routinely experience hunger on weekends. Each weekend, Variety Feeds Kids provided children with a weekend bag containing food that is nutritious, non-perishable, easy to prepare and child-friendly. These ready-to-assemble meals provide the fuel for children to grow, learn, and develop healthy lifestyles.
The success of Variety Feeds Kids lies in unique partnerships that formed with local law enforcement as well as corporate entities. Theses important partnerships also encourage positive interactions between youth and local law enforcement as it fosters consistent, kind and trusting relationships in the community.
Variety Feeds Kids was launched with generous support from private donations as well as corporations and foundations such as Meijer.
Today, Variety Feeds Kids continues to identify students across Southeastern Michigan who are in need of food assistance. Children are provided with healthy meals and snacks, as well as meals to support under-resourced children and teens in therapeutic camps, academic support programs and more.