How Does It Work?

Volunteers pack the food bags for the children for specific schools. The food bags are delivered to school by Friday morning. Social workers and/or teachers at each school put the food bags into the child’s backpack before weekend dismissal. The entire process is confidential and only the school’s social worker and teachers know which students are receiving the bags.

How Are the Children Selected?

The social worker at each participating school works with the school nurse and teacher(s) to identify the children. Typically these children are on the free breakfast and lunch programs at their schools.

What Is In The Food Bag?

The food bag intends to replace the breakfast and lunch the children receive Monday through Friday at school along with healthy snacks. Blessings in a Backpack standards include 10 items, but Cape Kid Meals goes a step further to include 13 items: 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, milk, juice, 6 healthy snacks and 1 piece of fresh fruit. All items are shelf-stable and easy to open and prepare regardless of the child’s living situation.

Current Districts/Schools Served

Barnstable School District
(Contact – Tammy Leone, tammyleoneckm@gmail.com)
Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter School
Hyannis West Elementary
Centerville Elementary
Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary
Barnstable United Elementary

Bourne School District
(Contact – Mary Carlson, mcarlsonckm@gmail.com)
Bournedale Elementary School
Peebles Elementary School

Brewster school District
(Contact – David Johnson, johnsonsindennis@comcast.net)
Stony Brook Elementary School
Eddy Elementary

Dennis-Yarmouth School District
(Contact – David Johnson, johnsonsindennis@comcast.net)
Ezra H Baker Elementary School
Wixon Innovation School

(Contact– Stephanie Flynn, estheticallyfit@hotmail.com)
Marguerite Small Elementary
Station Ave Elementary

Sandwich School District
(Contact – Mary Carlson, mcarlsonckm@gmail.com)
Oak Ridge Elementary School
Forestdale Elementary School

Chatham School District
(Contact – David Johnson, johnsonsindennis@comcast.net)
Chatham Elementary School

Sandwich School District
(Contact – Mary Carlson, mcarlsonckm@gmail.com)
Oak Ridge Elementary School
Forestdale Elementary School