Center For Food

Weekend Snack Pack Program

Hunger Doesn't Wait for the Bell!

Hunger Hurts

Many children who receive free or reduced-price school meals are left without adequate nutrition when school is not in session. CFA’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 concept of a snack pack program originated years ago when a school nurse noticed that some students were arriving at school on Monday mornings with headaches, dizziness, stomach aches and fatigue. She realized 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.
During a typical school year, snack packs are delivered to participating local schools and organizations by CFA and distributed discreetly to children at risk of hunger. This past year, childhood hunger grew exponentially as children were out of school for months with no access to school meals. During this time, CFA continued to deliver snack packs to partner organizations and schools determined to get food out to struggling students. To better support the entire family, CFA expanded our WSPP to include emergency food boxes filled with 30lbs of shelf stable items and fresh produce bags. Studies have proven children facing hunger begin life at a serious disadvantage. Our WSPP helps to break the cycle and provide families with hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Interested in supporting this important program?

The Weekend Snack Pack Program is entirely self-funded. Your gift of $25.00 funds five snack packs and a gift of $50 provides 1 emergency food box. The more packs and boxes we make, the more children we help.

To learn more, download your copy of The Weekend Snack Pack Program brochure

Ways to help:

Set a date with CFA to host a Snack Pack Event. With a minimum order of 500 snack packs, CFA will provide everything you need, deliver the items, organize your event and pick up the finished packs to distribute to our participating schools. Each pack is priced at $5.00.

Packing Events for Groups and Organizations

CFA offers a Do-It-Yourself WSPP Kit for groups and organizations. Simply tell us how many packs your group will fund and assemble, and CFA will provide all your supplies to make a complete Weekend Snack Pack.
Kindly email Lori Oliff at lorioliff@cfanj.org or call 201-569-1804×16 to schedule your next WSPP Event.

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