Weekend Snack Pack Program

Hunger Doesn't Take the Weekend Off!
Hunger Hurts

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.

Program Highlights

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 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 21 local schools and organizations by CFA and 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.  The number of times students receive snack packs during the academic year is based upon funding.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program is part of CFA’s expanded effort to reduce childhood hunger in our neighborhoods and help children perform better at school. CFA is actively reaching out for support from community groups, schools, businesses, foundations and faith-based organizations. We’ve also seen success with individuals raising funds through crowdsourcing campaigns such as GoFundMe.

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

Participating Schools & Organizations


Cliffside Park – Cliffside Park Public Library

Edgewater- Eleanor Van Gelder School

Edgewater – George Washington Elementary School

Englewood – Bergen Family Center Pre-School

Englewood – Englewood Day Camp

Englewood – Grieco Elementary School

Fairview — Fairview Public Library

Garfield – Abraham Lincoln School #5

Garfield — Boys and Girls Club

Hackensack – Boys and Girls Club

Hackensack = Fanny M. Hillers School

Hackensack – Jackson Avenue Elementary School

Leonia – Leonia Middle School

Leonia – Ann C. Scott Elementary School

Little Ferry – Memorial Elementary School

Lodi – Boys and Girls Club

Moonachie – Robert L. Craig Elementary School

Palisades Park – Charles R. Smith Early Childhood Center

Palisades Park – Lindbergh Elementary School

Teaneck – Early Learning Center

Teaneck – Hawthorne Elementary School

Teaneck — Teaneck High School

Teaneck – U-NECTED Camp

Teaneck – Whittier Elementary School

It's Easy To Make a Postive Difference!

For $5.00 you can send a child home with a weekend snack pack! Last academic year we distributed 35,000-weekend snack packs from 21 area schools and organizations.

The Weekend Snack Pack Program is self-funded, and we rely on the generosity of the community for support.  Groups and organizations help by purchasing  items for the snack packs and assembling the bags.

Ways to help:

  • Set a date with CFA to host a Weekend 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.
  • For orders less than 500 snack packs, CFA offers a Do-It-Yourself WSPP Kit. Simply tell us how many packs your group will assemble, and we will provide all your supplies to make a complete Weekend Snack Pack.  This is a great option because CFA purchases the items in bulk at a discount, there is greater flexibility in scheduling and no need waste time ordering supplies or collecting donations and “filling in” missing items.
  • Be a sponsor for our community-wide Weekend Snack Pack Event on September 11th and MLK Day.

Kindly email Lori Oliff at lorioliff@cfanj.org or call 201-569-1804×16 to schedule your next WSPP Event.

Weekend Snack Pack
Weekend Snack Pack
Weekend Snack Pack

We Thank Our 2018-2019 School Year Supporters

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc — Andy Stern and Jennifer Johnson Stern — Annie Hausmann — Apple Ridge Community — Bank of New Jersey — Beau Monde Salon and Spa — Black Clergy Council of Englewood, Teaneck and Vicinity — Bloom Family — Brandi & Jed Rubin — Brother International — Christ Episcopal Church — Church of the Savior — CNBC Universal — Community Baptist Church of Englewood — Community Church of Harrington Park — Congregation Ahavath Torah — Cresskill Middle School — Daniel Beer Foundation — Daveniero Family — Diane Clarke and Family — East Brook Middle School — Goodman Family — Greater Bergen Associates of REALTORS — Hackensack Radiology Group — HandiWorks, LLC — Hard Family — Harris Corp — Hausmann Family — Hearts for Hunger — Jen Maxfield-Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld — Jewish Federation of Northern NJ — Juma Fit — Kaplan Family — Kesher Center — KPMG — Lakeland Bank — Leonia High School’s DECA — M & T Bank — M. Ross & Associates, LLC — Maugham School — McDonald’s of Englewood and Paramus — Michael and Jane Murphy — NANBPWC, Inc Teaneck-Englewood and Vicinity — Nat Sherman — National Council of Jewish Women — National Electronic Transit — Neha Patel and Lavanya Venkateswaran — New Milford Elks — Northern Trust — Norton Rose Fulbright — Postel Family — Puccio Family — Ring Family — Roger & Carol Maxfield — Rotary Club of the Palisades — Rotary Club Park Ridge — Selver and Rubach Families — Smith School — SML — Snow Joe — Solomon Schecter Day School — South Bergen Rotary — St. Irene’s Philoptochos Society — TD Bank — Temple Emanuel of Closter — Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center — Temple Sinai of Bergen County — Thrivent Financial — Trinity Lutheran Church — True World Group — Unitarian Society of Ridgewood — US Standard Products — Wells Fargo — Wiessner and Carrillo Families — Willard Elementary School — ZAGO — Zornek Family

Snack Packs Distributed This Academic Year

CFA Distribution Boxes

Schools & Organizations Participating

It's Easy To Make a Postive Difference!

For $5.00 you can send a child home with a weekend snack pack! Last academic year we distributed 35,000-weekend snack packs from 21 area schools and organizations.

Let’s Join Together to fund 10,000 Snack Packs in Honor of 9/11

Last year, the pandemic made it necessary to make CFA’s 9/11 Weekend Snack Pack event – virtual. We set and exceeded a goal of 10,000 snack packs. Once again, in 2021, Covid-19 variants make a virtual event a safe choice for our friends, supporters and the communities were serve.

Join us as we address the issue of childhood hunger in NJ and help area school children through the #10kSnackPackChallenge. Your support will ensure that no child goes hungry this school year. Our goal is to raise $50,000 so we can create 10,000 snack packs.