Weekend Snack Pack Program

 
A partnership between the Rotary Club of The Palisades and the Center for Food Action.

Many children who receive free or reduced priced school meals are left without adequate nutrition on weekends.

The 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 sealed snack packs are discreetly distributed by the teachers every Friday there is school. Special emphasis is always placed upon privacy.

Background

The concept of a snack pack program originated 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.

In January 2012, the Rotary Club of The Palisades, in collaboration with Center for Food Action (CFA), began supplying Weekend Snack Packs to children at Anna C. Scott Elementary School (ACS) in Leonia.

The program was so well received that in January of 2013, the club expanded the program to qualified students at the new George Washington Elementary School in Edgewater. Both these initiatives would not have been possible without the generous support of PNC Bank in Leonia, the Leonia Community Chest, and the community-at-large. Through fundraising activities such as Oktoberfest, the club hopes to eventually offer the program in the Lindbergh Elementary School in Palisades Park, the third town the club serves.

Weekend Snack Pack

One 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 ounce 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 ounce, apple flavor, no chocolate or nuts

Weekend Snack Pack

For more information about our Weekend Snack Pack Program, please visit http://Palisades-Rotary.org.

Please see this article about the Weekend Snack Pack Program in the Bergen record: http://www.northjersey.com/news/168348846.html