Since 2006, Community Table has provided hundreds of thousands of weekend meals for hungry school children. Hundreds of volunteers give their time each week to gather, pack and distribute weekend food sacks to to students and to stock emergency food pantries with enough food to support an entire family for few days at participating schools and Jefferson County’s two Head Start programs. Feeding the Future also serves area high schools, providing food and toiletries for homeless teens. During the 2017-18 school year, Feeding the Future distributed more than 110,000 pounds of food and nearly 35,000 sacks of food.
Participating schools are Title 1 schools that have a high percentage of children on the Free and Reduced Lunch program.
Each Friday, each eligible child takes home a sack filled with nutritional kid-centric items that students – even those of kindergarten age – can carry home and prepare themselves including:
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Pouches
- 1% Shelf Stable Milk
- Cereal Pouch
- Fruit Cup
- Apples or Oranges
The program is available in eight Arvada and three Wheat Ridge elementary schools: Allendale, Arvada K-8, Fitzmorris, Foster, Kullerstand, Lawrence, Pennington, Secrest, Stevens, Swanson, and Thomson.
In addition, homeless children at Fremont, Parr, Peck, Vanderhoof, Campbell and Weber participate in the program.
To receive the weekend food pack parents must register with their participating school.