Kids need nutritious meals on the weekends, too

Throughout the school week, kids from families that are food insecure can rely on school breakfast and lunch programs for healthy meals. But what happens on the weekends?

In the Central Dauphin School District near Harrisburg, students who need it can take home a 6 to 10-pound package of food that will sustain them through the weekend — at no cost.

It's all thanks to NutriPacks, a nonprofit food distribution program launched in 2010 by Central Dauphin emotional support social worker Amy Snyder.

Educators and community partners volunteer their time with NutriPacks to package food from the Central Penn Food Bank into backpacks that are discretely sent home with students whose families struggle to provide meals on the weekends.

The weekly food packages come with a newsletter that includes nutritional information, recipes, and fun activities for kids.

Volunteers run everything, and the program is funded entirely through grants — and the generosity of people in the Central Dauphin community. People like student Kennedy Layton.

As NutriPacks reported on their Facebook page last month, Kennedy asked her friends and relatives to donate food items to NutriPacks rather than give her birthday presents this year. Her generosity — and the generosity of the many people who volunteer their time with NutriPacks — are making a real difference in the Central Dauphin community.

CDSD Nutripacks



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