food insecurity

Having limited or unreliable access to a sufficient quantity of

affordable, nutritious food.


  • poor performance in school
  • reduced attention in class
  • behavioral issues
  • increased school absences
  • higher risk of obesity
  • higher risk of suicidal or depressive tendencies



who we serve

Preschool-aged children often fall through the gap of social services addressing food insecurity. We address the hunger and food insecurity for the age 5 and younger population who cannot access school free meal programs.


Each weekday, we deliver approximately  2,500  healthy meals to Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. When school is out, every child  up to age 18  in these homes also receives a healthy meal from Kids’ Meals – up to  3,700  kids per day.


Percentage of children at risk of experiencing food insecurity



Harris County has the 2nd highest rate of child food insecurity in the nation

Houston ranks as 2nd in the United States for children living with food insecurity

Every day in our community there are  88,740  children who may not know where their next meal is coming. That is  1  out of  4  preschoolers!


We are bridging the gap for those families who have little meals of obtaining meals for their young children on a regular basis. We are the ONLY meals-on-wheels program

in the nation for poverty-stricken preschool children.


The effects of food insecurity


Increase in

  • Illness
  • Obesity
  • Hospitalization

Decrease in

  • Mental Health
  • Growth
  • Development

Increase in

  • Aggresive behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Passivity

decrease in

  • Ability to get along  with other children 
  • Ability to and adapt to new situations

increase in

  • Grade Repetition
  • School absences
  • Tardiness
  • School suspensions

decrease in

  • Cognitive function
  • Capacity to learn
  • Test scores
  • Overall school performance

Our meals-on-wheels program concept targeting preschool-aged children originated in the early 1980’s. Kids’ Meals, as it exists today, was created in 2006. With the tremendous support of an established Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and community partners, Kids’ Meals has made significant progress towards building an organization that can reach our goal of ending childhood hunger in Houston.