Pantry Packs

Why Pantry Packs?

Childhood Hunger in Utah

  • Each night in Utah, 1 in 5 children is at risk of going to bed hungry
  • Davis county has roughly 17,000 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • When children are hungry, it’s difficult for them to learn, behave appropriately, or stay healthy

Program provides food for our most at-risk children with food over the weekends when they are at increased risk of going hungry.

Program is executed in close partnership with Davis School District and the individual schools.

Who gets Pantry Packs?

We provide approximately 3100 Pantry Packs to students across more than 60 schools throughout Davis County each week.

What are Pantry Packs?

Packs are 3 lb bags of child friendly supplemental food provided to students each Friday.

Packs include 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and several snacks.

Want to get involved?

There are numerous ways to support this program, but first a few lessons learned that are important to note:

  • Consistency between packs and from week to week is very important.
  • Items to to be packed in a specific way so that items are not damaged when handling
  • Advance coordination with the pantry is necessary to ensure:
    • Standard and effective packaging
    • Shelf stable milk, provided by pantry, is available during assembly
    • Transportation of the packs to the pantry is arranged if they are assembled off site

Ways to contribute

  • Donate items used to create Pantry Packs
    • Individual microwavable meals, 7-8 oz (eg Mac 'n Cheese, spaghetti & meatballs, chicken & rice)
    • Applesauce cups or fruit cups
    • Pudding cups (shelf stable)
    • Juice boxes or pouches
    • Instant oatmeal packets
    • Peanut butter crackers or cheese & crackers (individual size)
    • Granola bars
    • Fruit snacks (individual size)
    • Child-friendly card with positive message or game
  • Assemble Pantry Packs during family night at the pantry (arrange in advance by emailing contact name and phone number and any additional information to )
  • Donate money designated for Pantry Packs via check or online
  • Organize an event to assemble packs with your neighborhood, classroom, church group, or family (view KUTV segment for ideas)

Learn more about Pantry Packs by checking out some of these videos. If you decide you would like to take on a Pantry Pack project, please send an email to with the contact person’s name, phone number and a little information about what you would like to do and timeframe.

During the FY20, we distributed 111,489 Pantry Packs to children through more than 60 schools within Davis School District.