Horton’s Kids serves a neighborhood where the average family has an annual income of less than $10,000, and health and basic needs programs are critical in meeting the children’s basic needs. Meeting these needs ensures children are healthy and allows them to focus on academics and succeed in the long term. Horton’s Kids delivers many of these supports through its Community Resource Center.
Every Monday through Friday, children receive a healthy meal after school in the Center and also receive snacks after programs. At the end of the week, to prevent hunger over the weekend, they receive a weekend bag filled with food that they can prepare on their own. Families can also access the Center’s emergency food pantry.
Horton’s Kids provides children with new shoes, coats, hats, and backpacks filled with school supplies throughout the year. Horton’s Kids also regularly distributes toiletries, such as toothpaste and shampoo, and other essential items not covered by SNAP benefits.
In January 2020, Horton’s Kids took a giant leap forward by hiring a Mental Health Specialist. Katie Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in mood issues (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder), trauma and grief, substance use, and working with children. She provides one-on-one mental health counseling to help children meet developmental milestones.
Horton’s Kids partners with DC Diaper Bank to give parents access to diapers, which are also not covered by SNAP benefits or WIC. Horton’s Kids also provides wipes, formula, and other items critical to a baby’s healthy development.
For more information about health and basic needs please contact our Health & Basic Needs Manager Sarah Cannington.