15 Aug — 14,000 Hungry Children Helped as Center for Food Action Marks 7th Year of 9/11 Day of Service
13% of northern NJ children experience weekend hunger. They rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch during the week and miss meals over the weekend. CFA began the Weekend Snack Pack Program ten years ago to help fight weekend hunger and has rallied community support for the program as part of their 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance events.
“This is an event that is easy to get behind,” says Center for Food Action’s Executive Director, Patricia Espy, “weekend hunger affects thousands of children in northern New Jersey. Working with more than 21 area schools and organizations, CFA is able to distribute over 35,000 Weekend Snack Packs to help children who would normally go without on the weekend.”
“9/11 was the darkest day, and we hope to redirect our sadness to spread light and joy in our community.” Said Jen Maxfield, event chair, “This is a wonderful opportunity to come out with your family on the National Day of Service and Remembrance.”
CFA plans to hold three events attended by hundreds of children, students, and adults who come together to reflect on the events of 9/11 through a day of service giving back to the community. This year NBC 4 Today in New York reporter, former CFA Board member, and a 9/11 event founder Maxfield, will speak at the Paramus event, held on the campus of Bergen Community College in addition to hosting the Englewood event later in the day.
Maxfield will be joined in Paramus by Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jackie Goldschneider. Goldschneider has partnered with CFA to help spearhead the new “Get REAL About Hunger” campaign designed to raise awareness of childhood hunger in northern NJ.