For Immediate Release

Center for Food Action
Local Resident Collaborates with CFA to Help Kids in Need
Contact:  Jennifer Johnson,
Director of Communications & Community Relations
201.569.1804 x28 | jenniferjohnson@cfanj.org   

(Englewood) The Center for Food Action (CFA) and Hearts for Hunger (HFH) are collaborating to bring CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program to Jackson Avenue Elementary School in Hackensack later this month.

Diane Montalto, a resident of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, recently launched HFH with the hope of helping local children in need.   After learning about CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program, Ms. Montalto reached out to support CFA’s goal of expanding the program to include the Jackson Elementary School in Hackensack.   

“My love of children, passion for cooking and appreciation of healthy culinary choices were the inspiration for the founding of Hearts for Hunger. My family is very fortunate that we can share Sunday pasta dinners and abundant feasts at Holiday gatherings throughout the year. Having grown up in Wood-Ridge, NJ, it deeply saddens me to know that children in adjacent towns often times go hungry. The goal of HFH is to help stop childhood hunger, “ according to Ms. Montalto.

"CFA is a huge supporter of collaborations and we're absolutely thrilled to be working with HFH to accomplish a shared mission. Last year CFA collaborated with the Rotary Club of the Palisades and the South Bergen Rotary Club to provide over 19,000 snack packs to kids in need in six area schools. All hunger is unthinkable but childhood hunger is particularly egregious since it can have a lasting impact on a child's ability to learn and become a productive member of the community." - Jennifer Johnson, CFA's Director of Communication & Community Relations.

We're hoping more groups will add their support to CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program so that no child has to worry about their next meal.

According to Ms. Montalto, funds for HFH will be raised from fundraisers in NJ and NY, contributions from a local church’s foundation, and from private donations.  Her goal is to also have young adults in the community participate in fundraising activities. Funds were recently raised from an “Ugly Sweater” party held in NYC in December.

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, receive a sealed plastic bag of nutritious snacks.

The concept of CFA’s WSPP originated in Arkansas by a school nurse who noticed that the same children who received free and reduced-price school lunches were coming to school on Monday’s with stomachaches and fatigue. She reached out to the local food bank for help with providing weekend food.

Please contact Jennifer Johnson at jenniferjohnson@cfanj.org or 201.569.1804 x28 for more information about CFA's Weekend Snack Pack Program and visit us online at www.cfanj.org 

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