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, and so JFSGNH is working to alleviate this situation in our local area.

Volunteers pack bags of food for children – many whom 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 in backpacks, contain kid-friendly foods that can be easily opened and are ready to eat, such as shelf stable milk, cereal, pasta or soup, dried fruit, nut-free granola bars, soy nut butter, crackers, 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 Mara Ginsberg, at 203-389-5599, ext. 119 or email at

Individual Sponsorship – All it takes is $200 to sponsor one child for the academic school year.

Corporate Sponsorship – Feeding children is an ideal way for businesses to participate in their communities and support a very worthy cause.

To help support this program, please visit our Donate Now page and choose Food4Kids in your designation.