Family Pack Program

Our Family Pack Program provides bags full of supplemental, nutritious food for hungry children and their families over the weekend.

When a child is food insecure, he or she is at risk of going hungry. Participating children rely on free school meals on weekdays, and weekend food resources may be limited. To combat this problem, food bags are packed with the help of volunteers, picked up weekly by participating schools, and distributed every Friday.

Please contact our Director of Nutrition Lindsey Kennedy, RD, at or call 908-355-3663 ext. 314 for more information.

Please contact our Child Nutrition Programs Coordinator Tamara Casseus at or call 908-355-3663 ext. 259 for more information.

Food bags include shelf stable items, such as:

  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Hot/Cold Cereal

We are currently serving 1,500 children from 31 schools located in 10 cities: Elizabeth, Newark, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Irvington, East Orange, Orange, Harrison, Roselle and Plainfield.

Here are some resources for schools:

Family Pack Program Application

Family Pack Program Agreement

Family Pack Program Referral

Family Pack Program Monthly Report

School Coordinator Feedback

Family Pack Program Parent Letter

Family Pack Program Child Survey