Weekend Food Program
Our weekend program provides bags filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are food insecure at local Wesley Chapel schools. Our goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends.
Working with community volunteers, we are able to provide food for children to take home over the weekend. Every Friday during the school year, the students enrolled in our program receive a bag filled with two breakfasts, two lunches, snacks and drinks – food that replaces what they receive during a school day.
The benefits are long-lasting. Hunger has a direct link to a child’s ability to learn. Studies show that nourished children experience less anxiety, reduced absenteeism, improved attention span, higher academic performance, and increased self-esteem.
Schools Offering Our Program
During the 2018-2019 school year, our program will be offered at Double Branch Elementary and Quail Hollow Elementary in Pasco County. As community support for our program grows, we plan to offer the weekend program at additional Pasco County schools. See a list of schools offering our program. If you would like to submit your school for inclusion in our program, complete this form.
Who Benefits From Our Program
Students are enrolled in our program on a need basis. Teachers and staff identify students who show signs of chronic hunger at school. The program is open to any student in need on a first come first serve basis. We will provide food for as many students in need as possible (with the guardian’s permission and as funds allow).
If your student attends a school that offers our program and you would like to apply for enrollment, click here apply. If you have questions about enrolling your student in the program, you can call us at 813-619-8009, email us or reach out to your school’s office.
How We Get Food for Our Bags
The food we use to fill our bags comes from two main sources – donations and purchases. We depend on our community to donate food items throughout the year at drop-off locations and during food drives. We also purchase food from local grocers using generous donations from individuals and business in our community.
If you would like to donate food items, see a list of suggested and needed items here.
If you would like to host a food drive at your business, church or community center, contact us.