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Child Nutrition Programs in NW Ohio


1 in 4 Children in Northwest Ohio Struggle with Hunger.

Good health starts with good food. And where there is good health, there is the ability to learn, play and grow back. Without healthy food, the cycle of food insecurity is perpetuated. Eating healthy, balanced meals is especially challenging in our community for the 1 in 4 kids who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

A hungry child cannot focus in school – they struggle to perform in the classroom, consistently scoring lower than their peers.

In order to ensure that food-insecure children in Northwest Ohio have the nutritious food they need to grow, learn and thrive. The Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, since 1985 offers The Kids Café and Backpack programs which are national Feeding America programs. Working collaboratively with local organizations and our partner agencies the Food Bank helps to facilitate child nutrition programs within our 8 county service area (Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood).

For information about the devastating effects of child hunger, visit: Feeding America - Child Hunger Facts

*The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is a proud affiliate of Feeding America and the Ohio Association of Food Banks.



Kids Café (After-School Feeding Program)

Kids Café provides afterschool meals to disadvantaged children in a safe and accessible environment. It also offers children the opportunity to learn about hunger and nutrition through fun and enriching activities. If your organization is interested in operating a Kids Café, please submit the form below.

The Kids Café program is a national Feeding America program. The Food Bank works collaboratively with local organizations and our partner agencies to operate extensions of Feeding America Kids Café programs in our local service area.

For further information visit: Feeding America - Kid’s Café Page


Back Pack Program (Weekend Feeding Program)

The Back Pack Program ensures that children who rely on school meals don’t go hungry over the weekend and while on school breaks. Backpacks are filled with nutritious food children take home.

Currently within our 8 county service area, 1 in 4 children are at risk of hunger. We have made it our personal mission to fight hunger in Northwest Ohio and ensure every child has access to nutritional meals throughout the year.

For more than 15 years, the Feeding America Backpack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends.

For further information, visit: Feeding America Backpack program

If your organization is interested in operating one or both of these programs,
please complete the inquiry form below.


    Every $1 donation,
    Toledo Northwestern
    Ohio Food Bank
    can provide
    5 meals.