In Connecticut, nearly one in five children is hungry or food insecure and does not get enough food outside of the free meal programs provided by the public schools. Hunger doesn’t take a break on the weekend,  so JFS is working to alleviate this situation in our local area.

Volunteers pack bags of food for children – many are from low-income households and are chronically hungry due to a variety of circumstances that prevent them from having regular access to food.

The bags, designed to discreetly tuck into backpacks, contain kid-friendly foods that can be easily opened and are ready to eat. Foods such as cereal, pasta, chicken, dried fruit, nut-free granola bars, juice, pretzels, fruit cups or applesauce.

Currently Food4Kids serves East Rock Community Magnet School, Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School and Clinton Avenue School in New Haven.  The program runs throughout the academic school year. For more information, contact Sandy Hagan, at 203-397-0796 or email at