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Meet Up and Eat Up! More Children will get Summer Meals in Clifton this year!

The Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) in Clifton will be a new summer food site this year, providing a nutritious lunch to about 100 children enrolled in their summer enrichment programs.  PACC’s mission is to sustain and strengthen ties to Palestinian heritage, while empowering the success and well-being of the entire community.

PACC’s Summer Fun program is open to all children in Clifton and offers enrichment and physical activities, including arts and crafts, fitness and educational activities for children ages 5 to 11 years old.  The summer fun program begins June 27th and runs until August 8th.  The goal of the program is to get kids off the couch and active when school is not in session.  Offering a nutritious, free lunch to all children who enroll is a way to draw families to the program and get more children signed up.

PACC is working with Hunger Free New Jersey and the Community Food Bank of NJ, who will be the sponsor, to implement and promote the program.

Rania Mustafa, Executive Director of PACC, decided to serve summer meals this year after her colleague attended the Clifton Summer Food Summit hosted by Hunger Free New Jersey in March.  When she heard about the program, she jumped at the chance to become a summer food site for the children in her program.  She understands the need in the community and hopes to have PACC become an open summer food site next year, providing a healthy lunch to any child who needs one and not just those enrolled in PACC’s program.

About the Grantee

Hunger Free New Jersey

The mission of Hunger Free New Jersey (formerly New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition) is to end hunger in NJ through education, advocacy and activism. Hunger Free New Jersey educates the public and decision-makers about hunger and mobilizes diverse organizations to combat hunger by improving access to nutrition programs.

Strategy: Healthy Eating

Cohort: North 3

Funder: Partners for Health Foundation

Cities: Clifton