Food Bank of South Food Bank Kids Pack Pilot
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) in partnership with Cherry Hill West High School has been running a kids Back pack food distribution program with a portion of its NJ Healthy Community Network Grant. Kids back pack food distribution programs occur in school throughout the region and are designed to provide food insecure children with food for meals over the weekend. The goal of the program is to address the food gap free and reduced lunch eligible children face over the weekend when school is not in session. Normally FBSJ packages food for the children and delivers it to schools for distribution, however we are piloting this program with a slightly different model. In this program the school nurses are identifying the students eligible and the school is involved in packing the food. Specifically, FBSJ delivers food in bulk on a monthly basis. The high school packs the food for each student, primarily with the assistance of special needs students. The packages are then shipped to the area elementary school where 35 children are provided with a pack each Friday. So far the program has been successfully delivering food to students that face a meal insecurity, we expect that by the end of the program ends, between 900-1000 food packages will be delivered via this pilot.
About the Grantee
The Food bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) serves the estimated 200,000 food insecure, children, seniors and families in its four county region (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem). FBSJ provides food deliveries to local pantries, targeted food and meal delivery programs to children, seniors and families, as well as, nutrition education programing.