Food For Free’s Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program (CWBP) improves access to healthy food for students in the City of Cambridge. Founded during the 2012-2013 school year, in cooperation with parent volunteers and school administrators, the program provides students in the Cambridge public school system the nutrition needed to sustain them while school is not in session.
CWBP sends two lunches, two breakfasts, milk, and fresh fruit home to children. The healthy meals are discreetly packed in the students’ backpacks each Friday afternoon ensuring that students are better prepared to learn the following week.
As of fall of 2016, the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program is now available to every single elementary and upper school student in Cambridge Public Schools. (We reach high school students through the Falcons’ Food Project.)
In the 2014-2015 school year, CWBP fed 250 students in 10 schools and sent home over 10,000 bags of food.
Recent posts about the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program: