The Weekend Snack Pack Program because hunger doesn't take the weekend off!

  

  • Many children who receive free or reduced-price school meals are left without adequate nutrition on weekends and holiday breaks. 
  • CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program is designed to fill this gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare snack foods to children at risk of weekend hunger.   
  • On Fridays, children who participate in the free and reduced-price school lunch program and have returned a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian, a sealed plastic bag of nutritious snacks is discretely placed into their backpacks. 
  • Participating schools:  Grieco Elementary-Englewood, Quarles Elementary-Englewood,  Ann C. Scott-Leonia,  George Washington-Edgewater,  Robert L. Craig-Moonachie, Washington Memorial-Little Ferry and Jackson Avenue Elementary-Hackensack.

 

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Click Here:  Weekend Snack Pack Program Poster

Click Here:  Weekend Snack Pack Contents

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How to Assemble a Weekend Snack Pack

 

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Weekend Snack Pack Program Highlights:

  • Diane Montalto recently partnered with CFA to launch our Weekend Snack Pack Program in the Jackson Avenue Elementary School in Hackensack where 100% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.  Learn More.
  • The DECA Club at Leonia HS raised $3,200 by hosting a pancake breakfast.  These funds will help support CFA's Weekend Snack Pack Program facilitated by Rotary Club of the Palisades.  
  • CNBC employees assembled 1,000 snack packs to add to our goal of distributing 18,500 snack packs by the end of the school year.  Thank you to everyone who took time out of their work day to help assemble the bags. Teamwork!
  • Thank you to the generous families of Kehilat Kesher of Englewood and Tenafly for assembling 1,000 snack packs for local kids in need.
  • The Rotary Club of the Palisades sponsored the assembly of 800 snack packs at CFA Saddle Brook.
  • Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld sponsored the assembly of 2,200 snack packs at Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood.
  • 100 NCJW BCS members and volunteers from the community assembled 400 snack packs at Temple Emeth in Teaneck.
  • The JCC on the Palisades hosted a Mitzvah Day event and assembled over 500 snack packs as part of a multi-generational collaboration to help local kids at risk of weekend hunger.  We are grateful for the ongoing and dedicated support of the JCC on the Palisades.  
  • Many thanks to the Rotary of the Palisades for hosting their annual OctoberFest. The event raised funds for the Rotary sponsored CFA Weekend Snack Pack Program in Edgewater and Leonia schools.
  • With major support from Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld, CFA hosted a September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance Weekend Snack Pack Program fundraising and packing event at the Englewood Field Club. Our sincere thanks to Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld and all the volunteers who made this a fabulous community event.

 

CFA's Weekend Snack Pack Program

  • 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 seven area elementary schools by CFA,  Rotary of the Palisades and the South Bergen Rotary.  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. 

It's Easy To Make a Postive Difference!

  • For $4.50 you can send a one child home with a weekend snack pack! Last year we distributed nearly 19,000 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

 

Each 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 oz. 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 oz., apple flavor, no chocolate or nuts

 

For more information about the Weekend Snack Pack Program, please contact: Jennifer A. Johnson jenniferjohnson@cfanj.org | 201-569-1804 x28

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