Foodbank's Blue Van Delivers Kids' Weekend Meals

Posted by admin on March 28, 2014

Each Friday, about 400 Somerset County students come home from school with something extra. Not homework, but food from the Foodbank Network of Somerset County for home cooking on the weekend.

The Foodbank's four-year-old Backpack Program insures students receiving nutritional assistance at school can also enjoy healthy meals on the weekends. Each Thursday, the Foodbank's blue van drives to schools in Somerville, Manville and North Plainfield (and soon to Bound Brook, too!) to deliver packages of food the students receive on Friday.

"The Backpack Program actually helps our students, who need extra food over the weekend," Barbara Walker, school nurse at North Plainfield's West End School, said. "The kids truly enjoy it—they come down each Friday looking for it."

Your donations of food and money help support the program, enabling the Foodbank to continue to fulfill its mission to provide for the less fortunate in our communities. 

Want to take a ride in the blue van? Watch the video on our Facebook page to take a trip with Foodbank volunteers Peter Ebbe and Michael Goldberg as they deliver the students' "backpacks."