Healthy Food for Hungry Children
The SmilePak Pantry & Backpack Program is a weekend meal program created to help the neediest of students who are at risk of suffering hunger over the weekends. With nearly 70% of children in Polk County receiving free or subsidized lunches, leaving school on Friday may mean not eating again until they return to school on Monday.
SmilePak helps bridge the hunger gap that exists over the weekend when free school lunches are not available by providing backpacks filled with food to needy schoolchildren in Polk County.
SmilePak began in January 2012 through an anonymous donation from a Polk County Catholic Church parishioner who wished to feed local hungry children.
How to Help
Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack bags of food. Groups are welcome! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact
Volunteer Community Relations Manager
863-665-7074 ext. 3210