After School Feeding
It is a well-known fact that it’s difficult to concentrate and perform your best when you’re hungry. This is extremely hard for children. The Food Bank of the Albemarle is committed to making sure children get an adequate supply of nutritious foods. We partner with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools to provide after school snacks for children participating in the EXTRA! After School Enrichment Program at all seven of the district’s elementary schools.
Additionally, your Food Bank partners with All God’s Children in Bertie County to help provide after school snacks for children in the county’s schools. The children, whose parents sign them up to participate, receive nutritious food after school during the entire school year.
During the school year, many children receive the free or reduced lunches as offered by the North Carolina Public Schools, however, when the school year ends, many of these children face a summer where food is scarce. Proper nutrition and regular meals help growing children develop properly and succeed in school. Food Bank of the Albemarle operates a Summer Feeding Program to End. Summer. Hunger.
During the summer of 2016, the Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program worked in collaboration with agencies and cumulatively served over 3,000 breakfast, 6,000 lunches and 2,000 snacks to children in Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan counties.
School Backpack Program
On days when school is in session, children have access to the free and reduced food programs provided by the school system. However, on weekends food for these same children may be scarce. To help fill this void, the Food Bank has established relationships with numerous agencies across northeast North Carolina to provide hungry children with much needed, nutritious food items for the weekends. Through the Backpack Program, at the end of the week these children are provided with a bag containing two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks to ensure they have access to healthy foods over the weekend. This program has been proven to help the children return to school nourished and ready to learn.