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.

On Fridays, a sealed plastic bag of nutritious snacks is discretely placed into the backpacks of children who participate in the free and reduced-price school lunch program.

Participating schools:

  • Edgewater – Eleanor Van Gelder School
    Edgewater – George Washington Elementary School
    Englewood – Grieco Elementary School
    Englewood – Quarles Elementary School
    Fort Lee – Fort Lee Education Center
    Garfield – Abraham Lincoln School #6
    Hackensack – Jackson Avenue Elementary School
    Leonia – Leonia Middle School
    Leonia – Ann C. Scott Elementary School
    Little Ferry – Memorial Elementary School
    Moonachie – Robert L. Craig Elementary School
    Palisades Park – Charles R. Smith Early Childhood Center
    Teaneck – Ben Franklin Middle School
    Teaneck – Hawthorne Elementary School
    Teaneck – Whittier Elementary School
Check out how to assemble a snack pack!

CFA’s 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance Event

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CFA is offering service opportunities to assemble weekend snack packs to honor the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year CFA is offering 3 packing events. The first will be on September 9th at CFA Mahwah and the following two will be on September 11th at Bergen Community College and Englewood Field Club. Please contact Melissa Gagnon at mgagnon@cfanj.org for more information.

Download our Weekend Snack Pack Program Flyer
Download our Weekend Snack Pack Program Brochure

The Weekend Snack Pack Program (WSPP) is made possible by generous and dedicated individuals and groups. This is an important program that “fills the gap” for students on the free/reduced lunch program and are at risk for hunger at home.

HERE ARE 2 WAYS TO YOU CAN HELP:

1. With a minimum order of 500 packs, CFA will deliver the product and organize a packing event at the CFA Saddle Brook site or at a Bergen County location of your choice. CFA will bring the finished packs to our warehouse and deliver them to one of the WSPP schools. Each pack costs $4.50.

2. You can collect monetary donations and purchase the items from CFA. This is an efficient method because CFA can purchase the items in bulk at a discount. Also, it eliminates the need to “fill in”.

Weekend Snack Pack
Weekend Snack Pack
Weekend Snack Pack

We Thank Our Supporters

The Aronsons-Dwight Morrow High School
Broad Foundation
Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Lutheran Church
The DECA Club at Leonia HS facilitated by Rotary Club of the Palisades
Dedicated Indians of America
DeKorte Family & Friends-GoFundMe
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center
Harris Corporation
Eastern Bergen County  Board of Realtors
Elisabeth Morrow School MLK Day-Jen Maxfield Ostfeld & Scott Ostfeld
Kehilat Kesher of Englewood and Tenafly
KPMG
JCC-Mitzvah Day-Karen Katz
Diane Montalto-Hearts for Hunger
M&T Bank
National Day of Service & Remembrance-Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld
National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section
NBCUniversal
PNC Bank
RealSource Association of REALTORS
Rotary of the Palisades
Jill & Jason Rubach
Scoropanos Family & Friends-GoFundMe
The Seigerman Family
Shoenfeld & Wildes Family & Friends-GoFundMe
Smith Elementary School-Karen Katz
South Bergen Rotary
St. Irene’s Philoptochos Society of Paramus
St. Peter’s the Apostel
Stryker
Temple Emanu-El-Rabbi Kirshner
Temple Israel
Temple Sinai Teen Foundation Grant
Young World Day School
Zago Manufacturing-Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich
Zion Lutheran Church

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 14 local 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 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.

Snack Packs Distributed This Academic Year

Children Helped

Snack Pack Assembly Events

Schools Participating

It's Easy To Make a Postive Difference!

For $4.50 you can send a child home with a weekend snack pack! Last academic year we distributed 30,000-weekend snack packs from 14 area schools.

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