Childhood hunger is a serious problem. Food insecure children face lifelong consequences. They are likely to suffer from weaker immune systems and are more likely to be hospitalized. Inadequate nutrition affects physical and cognitive development, and can result in children with lower cognitive function and learning potential, as well as behavioral difficulties. Adults who were hungry as children are less likely to have reached their full physical, educational and social potential, which lowers their ability to compete in the workplace.
Weekend Food “Backpack” Program
While school aged children benefit from programs that provide breakfast and lunch during the school day, some families may not have the means to provide adequate meals at home. Thus, the Community Foundation of Greene County helps organize, convene partners, and provide administration to support the Greene County Weekend Food Program in our community. The goal of the program is simple: to increase the availability of nutritious, low fat meals to children who are experiencing hunger. The Weekend Food Program reinforces the fact that children need access to healthy food on a consistent basis.
Summer Food Service Program
Many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. However those programs end when school ends. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. SFSP serves a free nutritious lunch to children, 18 years of age and younger, throughout the summer. Most sites open mid-June and serve meals weekdays through mid-August.
Free lunch program for all children 18 and younger in Greene County (no income guidelines)
Where: Various locations throughout the county. See 2017 Summer Food Program .
For information contact: Janet Elder, Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
What are they?
The School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are federal programs that provide nutritious meals to children as a regular part of their school day.
Do I qualify?
Meals are free if your income is under 130% poverty or a reduced-price if you are under 185% of poverty. Parents must submit an application form to receive reduced price or free meals.
How can I find out more?
Call your child’s school, go to www.compass.state.pa.us or call PA Department of Education at 1-800-331-0129.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (
The Pennsylvania WIC Program is committed to improving the health of eligible pregnant women, new mothers, and children by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to health and social programs during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development.
Call Community Action Southwest at 1-877-814-0788 ext. 440 for more information. The WIC office is located at 58 East Greene Street, Waynesburg.