Imagine being a child who experiences weekend hunger.
"It’s Friday at lunchtime at school and I sit with my friends in the cafeteria. I know that this could be the last meal I might eat until I come back to school on Monday."
"When my stomach is growling, I can’t pay attention at school. I get sleepy, I don’t feel good, and I think about food all the time."
"It’s really nice when my teacher gives me food for the weekend because then I don’t have to worry anymore."
"If you don't get food, you are not surviving."
More than 50% of Brevard County students are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program at school. This statistic is an important key indicator of hunger and poverty in a geographic area.
While Brevard schools and their incredible staff members do an amazing job providing breakfast and lunch for students during the week, thousands of local children are not able to get enough food on the weekend. Our mission is to bridge the gap between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday. Teachers distribute our food packets to children they know are most at risk for weekend hunger. (Often, those children share their meals with siblings who are also at risk of malnutrition, who are younger or older.)