Food For Thought
Childhood food insecurity is a serious problem in our community - while our total poverty rate is below the national average, in families with children, especially young children, the rate of poverty locally ranges between 40-87%. Many local children rely on school cafeterias for their most nutritious meal of the day - in some cases this may be the only full meal a child receives.
Food for Thought provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to chronically hungry children.
Every Friday, this food is delivered to the homes of children for weekends and out-of-school times.
These deliveries are made by volunteers committed to fighting childhood hunger on our peninsula. Similar programs, called “backpack food programs” in other communities, have been shown to increase school attendance, decrease behavior problems, improve concentration abilities and improve student academic achievement.
To sign up for Food for Thought, please contact the guidance counselor at your school, or contact the Community Navigator at 207-633-6272. All inquiries are confidential.
For more information please contact:
Nancy Van Dyke 207-882-6292
Jan Kelly 207-633-0551