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Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program

Contact: Neusa DaCosta
Parent Organizer: Bianca Baader

The Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program (CWBP) was developed to ensure food security for students in the City of Cambridge. Founded during the 2012-2013 school year, the program spearheaded by founding director, Alanna Mallon, in cooperation with parent volunteers and school administrators, provides students in the Cambridge public school system the proper nutrition needed to sustain them while school is not in session. Students participating in the program are identified by the SST (Student Support Team) and classroom teachers.

CWBP sends two lunches, two breakfasts, milk, and fresh fruit home to children. The healthy meals are discretely packed in the students’ backpacks each Friday afternoon ensuring that students are better prepared to learn the following week. In 2013-2014, the program grew to reach 130 students in six schools, sending home over 3,000 bags of food. The following school year, CWBP fed 250 students in 10 schools and sent home over 10,000 bags of food.