Pack-A-Sack Program

One Community Now Pack-A-Sack Food 4 Kids is a kid-friendly school-based program designed to help address the problem of chronic hunger among school age children in Pasco County. We focus on recruiting local churches, businesses and organizations to adopt their local school and provide food for teacher-identified chronically hungry children over the weekend and extended breaks.

In the 2019-2020 school year, over 40,000 children are eligible for free and reduced meals in Pasco County Schools. These children receive breakfast and lunch every day they go to school. It is estimated that 15-20% of these children or nearly 7,000 are chronically hungry or food insecure and have little to no food to eat when they are not in school.

One Community Now Pack-A-Sack Food 4 Kids is designed for children who are not able to get sufficient food at home due to family struggles, neglect or other circumstances that prevent them from having regular access to food. Each sack contains 10-12 different food items designed to provide nutrition and calories for chronically hungry school children on weekends. Each sack of food costs approximately $5 and includes kid-friendly foods that require no preparation. Kids can just “open and eat”.

Help Fight Hunger

Children eligible for free & reduced meals in Pasco County Schools in 2019

Children are fed each week through One Community Now Pack-A-Sack Program

Schools Participate in the One Community Now Pack-A-Sack Program

*Grant funding is available to help with start-up costs and expanding existing programs. For more information please contact us.

Interested in making a donation?  Your tax-deductible financial donation is appreciated. You can pay by check or click on the donate button at the top of the page to make a donation by debit or credit card.  Checks should be made out to One Community Now and mailed to:  

One Community Now
PO Box 476
Elfers, FL 34680.

Food Insecurity
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as households that are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet basic needs of all their members because of insufficient money or other resources. When the guardian of a child has to choose between food and other necessities, e.g., having electricity shut off because they don’t have enough money, it is an indicator of food insecurity.

A child will not necessarily tell you that he doesn’t have enough food at home, but observation of patterns and/or behavior will set them apart. For example: A chronically hungry child will be anxious for a meal to be served; they may rush the cafeteria line or show up early for breakfast; they’ll eat any food placed before them; they may linger around for seconds or even ask for more.

Physical Appearance of a Food Insecure Child

  • Puffy and swollen skin can be due to a protein deficiency
  • A very thin child whose bones are starting to protrude may have a lack of protein and calories
  • Redness around the lips and/or cracked lips
  • Dry and itchy eyes can be a sign of a vitamin A deficiency
  • Overweight – some obesity is caused from poor nutrition

School Performance/Behavior of a Food Insecure Child

  • Excessive absences due to sickness or unexcused
  • Hyperactive, aggressive, irritable, anxious, withdrawn, distressed, passive/aggressive
  • Repetition of a grade
  • Difficulty in forming friendships
  • Sickness–sore throat, common cold, stomach ache, ear infection, fatigue
  • Short attention span, inability to concentrate

Difficulty with several of these symptoms can seriously impact a child’s ability to learn and master educational material– handicapping them down the road.