There are over 200,000 children and teens at risk of hunger in the metro area. CAFB started the Weekend Bag program in 2002 as a way to address the growing needs of the youth in our community. Children relying on school breakfast and lunch are especially vulnerable when school is not in session over the weekends. Weekend Bag is part of Feeding America’s national BackPack Program. Our Weekend Bag program provides bags of groceries for children ages 5-18.
CAFB’s Weekend Bag program distributed over 54,000 bags in 2011 to 2,000 children. Bags are packed by volunteers, mostly at the food bank but also at Capital One in McLean, VA. Capital One is our first ever Weekend Bag sponsor. Some food orders are delivered by the food bank while other sites come to the food bank to pick up their orders. Bags are distributed weekly.
We partner with programs working in community centers, schools, churches, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Parks & Recreation locations that are serving communities were at least 50% of the children in local schools are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.