Because Hunger Doesn't Take the Weekend Off!
CFA is happy to introduce the Weekend Snack Pack Program website. It is our hope that dedicating a separate website will better provide the community with detailed information.
Download the Weekend Snack Pack Program Flyer
Download the Weekend Snack Pack Program Poster
WSPP YouTube Video: Snack Packs in the News/Student's Talk About Need
This event will be hosted at the Englewood Field Club from 4 pm - 6 pm! Together with members of our community, we will be assembling Weekend Snack Packs for the 2013 school year.
Space is limited and donations are needed. Please RSVP to: Jennifer Johnson Rothman: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Weekend Snack Pack Program (WSPP) is one of the ways that CFA is reducing childhood hunger locally. I hope you can join us by supporting this important work. Each snack pack contains approximately $4.50 worth of nutritious food.
- Your $45.00 gift will help 10 children.
- Your $225.00 gift will help 50 children.
- Your $450.00 gift will help 100 children.
- Your $1,125.00 gift will help 250 children.
- Your $2,250.00 gift will help 500 children.
And, every donation will be matched by Jen and Scott Ostfeld until we reach our goal of funding 3,500 snack packs.
We also invite you to help us assemble the packages that will benefit children attending Englewood’s Quarles Elementary School and Grieco Elementary School and Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia and George Washington Elementary School in Edgewater.
CFA chose to host this event on September 11th in recognition of what is known as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Our goal is to bring supporters and volunteers together to build a stronger community by helping ensure that these children have the nutrition their growing bodies need and that they are able to learn and develop into productive and self sufficient adults.
Your financial support will permit us to purchase healthy foods for the snack packs. And, thanks to the match from Jen and Scott Ostfeld, your gift will reach even more children.
If you are interested in attending the packing event with your family, friends or colleagues, give me a call. We’d love to have you. There will be special activities planned for children under ten.
The event is quickly approaching so please make your gift now by returning the enclosed envelope, visiting our website at www.cfanj.org or calling us at 201-569-1804, ext. 25.
Many children who receive free or reduced priced school meals are left without adequate nutrition on the weekend and holiday breaks.
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.
Weekend Snack Pack:
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.
Volunteers Are Essential to the Success of the Weekend Snack Pack Program:
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.
You Can Make a Difference:
For $4.50 you can send a one child home with a weekend snack pack! Last year we distributed nearly 16,000 weekend snack packs from four local elementary schools.
- For $22.50 you can help 5 children
- For $45.00 you can help 10 children
- For $225.00 you can help 50 children
- For $450.00 you can help 100 children
Let's Get Started!
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.
One Snack Pack Contains the Following Items:
- 2% milk box, 8 ounces, non-flavored, shelf stable
- Cold cereal, 1 ounce individual serving size box, no chocolate or nuts
- Fruit, 4 ounce can - peaches or mixed (no applesauce)
- 100% Juice box, 6.75 ounces, apple preferred
- Chicken with rice or ravioli, 7.25 ounces, microwaveable bowl, Chef Boyardee or similar
- Macaroni and cheese, 7.25 oz
- Nutri-Grain snack bar, 1.3 ounce, apple flavor, no chocolate or nuts
CFA is a 501(C)(3), non-profit, non-sectarian emergency services and homelessness prevention agency. In 2012 CFA distributed over 67,000 emergency food packages and provided homelessness prevention services to over 1400 households..
For more information about the Weekend Snack Pack Program, please contact: Jennifer Johnson Rothman, email@example.com | 201-569-1804 x28