The Center for Food Action’s Weekend Snack Pack Program (WSPP) is designed to fill this gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare snack foods to children at risk of hunger. The sealed snack packs will be discreetly distributed by the teachers three weekends a month.
When you host a WSPP food drive and/or collecting WSPP funds, you will be helping CFA give healthy weekend snacks to Bergen County children who are at risk of hunger.
The concept of a snack pack program originated over 12 years ago when a school nurse noticed that some of the students were arriving to school on Monday mornings with headaches, dizziness, stomach aches and fatigue. She noticed that these were the same students who were receiving free or reduced lunches. The nurse reached out to a local food pantry to organize a way to provide these students with nutritious weekend snacks.
The snack packs are delivered to four local elementary schools by CFA and the Rotary of the Palisades. The teachers discreetly place the snack packs into the student’s backpack when they are out of the classroom. Special emphasis will always be placed upon privacy.
The WSPP is part of CFA’s effort to reduce childhood hunger in our neighborhoods. CFA is reaching out for support from community groups, schools, businesses, foundations and faith based organizations. Groups are needed to collect, sort and package the child friendly items to be put in the snack packs.
For $4.50 you can send a one child home with a weekend snack pack! Last year we distributed nearly 18,000 weekend snack packs from four local elementary schools.
For large groups, the most effective way to help is to provide CFA with the funding. We will then purchase the specific food items and help your group organize a packing event at CFA Saddle Brook.
For smaller groups, organize a weekend snack pack food drive to collect the specific snack pack food items (listed below) or organize a fundraising event to collect the money needed to purchase the specific food items. (See above link)
Select a location where your group can assemble the weekend snack packs into 1 gallon size plastic zip storage bags. Insert a parental snack pack information sheet into each package. (See above link). Contact CFA’s Irwin Vogelman at 201-321-3142 to arrange a pick-up time.
CFA is a 501(C)(3), non-profit, non-sectarian emergency services and homelessness prevention agency. In 2014 CFA distributed over 65,000 emergency food packages and provided homelessness prevention services to over 1400 households..
For more information about the Weekend Snack Pack Program, please contact: Jennifer A. Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org | 201-569-1804 x28
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