Weekends are no fun when you’re hungry. But children who rely on school breakfast and lunch are especially vulnerable to hunger during out of school times. Weekend Bag exists to help solve that problem.
Each week, children who might not otherwise have enough to eat between Friday and Monday go home with nutritious, kid-friendly food. The Capital Area Food Bank does this by partnering with community centers, schools, churches, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Parks & Recreation locations where at least 50 percent of the children in local schools are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Kids who participate in the program are ages 5-18.
The food bank started the Weekend Bag program, which is part of Feeding America’s national BackPack Program, in 2002.