SNACK! (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) is CORA’s summer program that distributes much needed food to Chatham County children who normally receive subsidized meals at school during the academic year. In 2018, over 1,400 children participated in SNACK!, and CORA will expand SNACK! to serve more than 1,500 kids during summer 2019.
In Chatham County 50% of public school children qualify for free or low-cost meals through the federal school lunch program because their family income is at or near poverty level. That is more than 4,300 Chatham County school children who likely will experience hunger this summer. The SNACK! Program will provide 21 healthy breakfasts, 21 lunches, 21 dinners, and snacks, for each week of summer vacation. 20 sites across Chatham County, including churches, libraries, and community organizations, are partnering with CORA to distribute this food bi-weekly. Countless volunteers are working to make SNACK! run smoothly this summer and get nutritional assistance to families who need it.
If you are interested in supporting this important program this summer, please consider becoming a SNACK! Champion! It costs $150 to provide these meals for one child for the entire summer. If you want to make a donation to SNACK!, please visit https://www.corafoodpantry.org/our-work/snack/ or contact Rebecca Hankins at 919-491-5896.