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Decorate and Assemble Kid's Snack Bags

DURATION

1-2 hours

WHERE

This is an at-home (at school, at scout meeting, at birthday-party) activity. 

WHEN

Needed all year.

WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED

Ages 6+, needs adult supervision

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Kid's Bags are distributed to children of families that shop on Wednesday afternoons at the Newton Food Pantry. The decorated bags are filled with a variety of child-friendly snack foods and drinks meant to be enjoyed by kids between meals during the school week.

DESCRIPTION

In an effort to provide extra food to the children we serve at the Newton Food Pantry, we distribute snack bags for the children of our clients each time they come to the Pantry. We encourage you to use your artistic skills to decorate white paper snack bags according to these decorating guidelines. Then fill each bag with the food items listed below (also found here). These kid friendly bags bring smiles and nourishment to our youngest clients.


ITEMS NEEDED

  • White paper bags must be 8” x 4.75” x 10” with handles.  These can be ordered on Amazon (similar to here) or purchased at Michael’s (similar to here).

Each Kid’s Bag must include the following:

  • 1 individual microwavable container of Mac & Cheese, Chef Boyardee spaghetti or similar pasta (2.5 to 5 oz serving size)  
  • 1 snack size fruit cup (oranges, peaches or mixed fruit)
  • 1 fruit (apple sauce) &/or vegetable pouch
  • 1 or 2 Quaker oatmeal packets
  • 1  granola bar, any kind (NO peanuts or nuts) 
  • 1 small single serving boxed milk (white or chocolate)
  • 1 Capri Sun (or similar) 100% juice box or packet
  • 1 Popcorn, Pop Corners snack bag, Goldfish or Cheez-Its packet

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

In order to ensure that there are enough Kid’s Bags for our clients every week, we ask that you create a minimum of 10 Kid’s Bags.


NEXT STEPS

Order your supplies and get started today. Once your bags are complete, email kidsbags@newtonfoodpantry.org to arrange drop off.

Click on "VIEW INSTRUCTIONS" below for details!


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Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
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  1. Purchase bags and products to fill them.
  2. Please decorate the bags before you fill them. Since children find so much joy in self-expression, it is our hope that the bags will be “decorated” for all to enjoy and that you will consider working with your child(ren), family members, neighbors, or groups on decorating Kid’s Bags!  The guidelines for decorating bags are the following:
    • White paper bags must be 8” x 4.75” x 10” with handles.  These can be ordered on Amazon (similar to here) or purchased at Michael’s (similar to here).
    • All art must be non-secular and appropriate for all children in our diverse community. “Free art” is encouraged as are seasonal (winter, spring, etc.) themes, original patterns and designs. Please no representations of holidays.
    • The use of drawing materials including markers, crayons, and colored pencils of different sizes, watercolor paints and a variety of stampers, stickers are encouraged  Children of all ages (Toddlers – School age) will be receiving the snack bags.
  3. Once completed, please email kidsbags@newtonfoodpantry.org to confirm the number of bags you are filling and to make arrangements for drop off at the Newton Food Pantry. 
  4. Please provide feedback on the activity with PGK and share your impact with us in this survey