FBSJ Summer Meals Bus Cafe Wrap up
Grant: New Jersey Healthy Communities Network
Blog #4: September 2018
Focus: Summer Meals
Summer Meals Program Provides Meals and More to Children
When the bell sounds to dismiss school every year, it also signifies the end of school meals programs.
As a result, thousands of children in the South Jersey area are left food insecure: meaning they will not have access to regular meals during the summer.
Enter: the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Summer Meals program. Now in its seventh year, the program delivers freshly prepared and nutritious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to children at site locations daily for 10 weeks in the summer. This year’s program provided over 250,000 meals to 6,400 children across 118 Summer Meals sites in Burlington, Camden, Salem and Gloucester Counties.
With the addition of the “Bus Stop Café” – a renovated and air conditioned school bus featuring a new interior design with a built-in dining room – children gather together to enjoy meals and socialize. The program offers peace of mind to parents, too – as it takes some of the burden of replacing school provided meals once summer begins.
With approximately 57,000 children in South Jersey who face food insecurity, the Food Bank is working hard to expand the Summer Meals program and provide more meals to more children. The Summer Meals program is possible thanks to the ongoing support from corporate sponsors and volunteers who provide significant resources and time.
The Food Bank has received recognition for its work in the Summer Meals Program including a Champion of Feeding Certificate from the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
About the Grantee
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) provides food to a network of 200 local agencies in the four county region of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties. In addition FBSJ provides targeted meal deliveries to children, families and seniors through programs like summer meals and twilight harvest. Finally, FBSJ also provides educational programing on healthy diets and meals.
Cohort: South 2
Funder: New Jersey Health Initiatives