The SNACK! Program

Did you know that 50% of public school children in Chatham County receive free or low cost meals (breakfast and lunch) through the federal school lunch program because their family income is at or near poverty level? That’s 4,352 Chatham County school children who will likely not have adequate replacements for these meals during the summer.

This summer we are feeding 1056 of these hungry  kids — that means  distributing enough food for more than 100,000 meals. This program is already underway – June 16 through August 22 – and it’s called . . .

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            (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids)

Chatham Needed a Summer Food Program for School Children

Because Chatham is a large rural county (709 square miles) with scant public transportation, federal programs that require serving prepared meals at a central location are not practical here in the summer for the families of these kids. A new kind of program was needed to better ensure accessibility and to better address the transportation difficulties of those families who needed services.  CORA Food Pantry created SNACK! (Summer Nutritional  Assistance for Chatham Kids) in 2009 to address these challenges and to help assure adequate nutrition year-round for these disadvantaged children.

Want to help? Find out more about SNACK! under “Programs” on our website.