Weekend Meals

Weekend Meals

Fill the gap

While many children who are at-risk of food insecurity receive free or reduced-priced meals at school, they often go without healthy meals on weekends and school breaks when school meals are unavailable. Weekend meals fill the gap with nutritious food for many children.

Weekend and holiday meal boxes are shelf-stable meals which are intended to complement meal services currently provided by school districts, childcare facilities or youth-serving organizations.
Weekend meal packs include pre-packaged breakfast and pre-packaged lunch/dinner meals. For longer extended school breaks, additional meal boxes can be distributed.
Children’s Hunger Alliance supports Fill the Gap Meal Packs by:

  • Collecting aggregate data on student eligibility
  • Purchasing food items
  • Assembling meal packs for each site and/or school
  • Delivering meal packs through our regional vendors

We offer the option for no-cost weekend and school-break meal boxes for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) eligible students.
All students participating in CHA’s weekend and/or holiday meals program must be TANF-eligible (200% or below the poverty level). There are several ways that the school can verify this information and CHA will work with schools to determine the best way to collect information and reduce administrative burden.

Children’s Hunger Alliance recognizes that your staff has a busy schedule, so we strive to minimize your food-related obligations. You simply agree to:

  • Collect and verify student TANF eligibility
  • Receive and store delivered meal packs
  • Distribute meal packs to eligible students
  • Participate in periodic feedback/evaluation
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