Food & Nutrition Programs

Feeding Children

Kids Cafes

We fill the nutrition gap for food insecure kids by providing nourishing after-school meals every day so they don’t go home to sleep on empty stomachs. The program, which also includes a nutrition education component aimed at teaching students about well-balanced diets, currently serves 27 sites across the state – combating hunger and its health effects for thousands of New Jersey children.

This program is possible due to support from Ahold Delhaize USA Family Foundation, Joy in Childhood Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation, and Red Nose Day Fund.

Family Packs

Weekends and days off can be especially tough times for hungry children and their families. Family Packs provide more than 1,800 New Jersey households with bags of supplemental food for the weekend, when kids miss school meals.

This program is possible due to support from Abbott Fund, Ahold Delhaize USA Family Foundation, Albertsons Companies Foundation, Summit Area Public Foundation, and Turrell Fund.

Summer Nutrition

For kids who receive free or reduced-price school meals and after-school dinners at our Kids Cafes, summer vacation can mean an end to a reliable source of food. In order to bridge the gap, we serve breakfast and lunch to children in need at sites across the state — including Boys & Girls Clubs, recreation centers and libraries — through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

This program is possible due to support from BJs Charitable Foundation and Joy in Childhood Foundation.