It is known that many students rely on school meals as the bulk of their nutrition. For families facing food insecurity, having breakfast and lunch supplied during school at a free or reduced price is essential. So, what happens each week when Friday arrives and those children are unsure of when their next meal will be?
That's where we step in!
Supplemental Weekend Nutrition
In partnership with Greenwich Central School administration, the Greenwich PTSA and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, CFC fills backpacks each week that go home with over 40 students for the weekend to ensure that they come back to school fed and ready to learn.
Thanks to the support of our community partners and volunteers, in 2019 the program extended it's service to run throughout the duration of summer break and all school vacations.
Student Nutrition & COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Comfort Food Community expanded our Student Nutrition Program to provide breakfast and lunch delivery, 5 days a week for 225 students throughout the duration of summer vacation.
Thanks to funding from the Nourish New York initiative, CFC was able to purchase food products from local farms to create healthy and fresh meals for students in need. Over the course of 11 weeks, Comfort Food Community spent nearly $65,000 of Nourish NY funding all of which went directly into our local food economy.
At the program's completion, CFC had prepped, packaged, and delivered 30,000 meals. This achievement would not have been made possible without the hundreds of hours contributed by our volunteers. The result of these efforts reflects the true meaning of ‘community’ and encompasses the core mission of Comfort Food Community: “To use the power of good food to eliminate hunger, support the local food economy and build strong, healthy communities.”
For further information visit: Regional Food Bank of NENY: BackPack Program
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