In March 2013, a group of students in the School of Education on the Rockland campus took time out to provide a valuable community service for needy children in Englewood, NJ. The Center for Food Action, a community-based agency founded by Harry Chapin and Bill Ayers, has an outreach called “Weekend Snack Pack Program” which provides healthy snack foods to children who receive free or reduced price school lunches. The snack packs are sent to schools in Bergen County where teachers carefully place snack packs into students’ school bags while students are elsewhere in the building. The students then take the nutritious snacks home to enjoy during the weekend.
The SOE students participating in the community service event assembled 100 snack packs for the program. The packs include nutritious foods such as non-perishable milk, allergen-free cereal, canned fruit, juice box, microwaveable chicken with rice or ravioli, macaroni and cheese, and cereal bar.