3E Snacks is committed to helping children in need, but we can’t do it without you. If you believe that no child should go hungry in America, take the pledge to help solve hunger.
3E Snacks has one main purpose, which all of our efforts revolve around, and that is to provide meals for children in need on weekends, when school food programs aren’t available.
By educating communities on the facts associated with childhood hunger we can better prepare our communities to assist with developing strategies to combat childhood hunger. A short description of your company and the services you offer.
STRENGTHEN OUR FUTURE
As we provide for our youth and help them to have all the necessities they need for proper development, we are strengthening our future and setting our communities up for long term success.
As a group of individuals devoted to serving others we can join together to inspire our communities to stand up, take action and work together to build a better tomorrow.
ORGANIZE FOOD DRIVES
By providing opportunities for service and setting up drives to collect food for children in need we can lift the spirits of not only those who receive the assistance of food, but also those who are given the opportunity to provide it.
Local schools often provide Lunch and Breakfast Food Programs. We work daily to assist schools with providing food for children on the weekend so that they come prepared and nourished at the beginning of each school week.
Kayley Willis is a wife and mother of three children living in Taylor. She is the founder of 3E Snacks, a dream-come-true idea to make sure, to borrow a well-known phrase, that no child is left behind … hungry, that is.
Her story is like that of the “loaves and fishes” parable in that when the pantry shelves begin to show bare, food miraculously appears, and when there is work to be done, people miraculously show up.
Willis used to watch the television show “Secret Millionaire.” Several years ago, she heard about a a little old lady on the show who made sure kids in her district had weekend food. That idea percolated for Willis until, one day, when she went to a PTSO meeting at Taylor Elementary School. She learned from the teachers that they can always tell which children have not had something to eat, and she learned there were at least four children they knew of right off hand.
“I researched this,” said Willis, ”and this is done all over the county. I called and got all the information and then went to the school principal with it. He liked the idea. Next, I talked to Snowflake Unified School Superintendent Hollis Merrell. We agreed that it must be kept confidential. That was a Thursday and we had already purchased food, so I said, ‘Let’s start tomorrow.’”
There were six kids identified at Taylor Elementary and that weekend food began being sent home on a trial basis. It was Willis, her three kids and her husband who were initiating the project. They had a budget and a plan to teach their kids about empathy and finding ways to always do good for others.
Much to her surprise, Merrell had shared the idea with Willis’ in-laws, who did not even know about this, along with parents in their church ward — and the word spread.
The superintendent started going to each school with the concept. There was a real need and just two days after the first bags were disbursed, friend Rikki Kay heard about the idea and called Willis and told her they had to have a food drive. The results of the food drive filled up their little garage apartment — and the food they received lasted several weeks. They were now serving not only Taylor Elementary, but also Washington Academy, Northern Arizona Academy and the Snowflake Unified School District.