What Does F4K Do?
Each weekday for 9 weeks in the summer, F4K serves about 500 children and teens breakfasts, lunches, and/or snacks at local recreation programs, libraries and camps. All meals are provided free.
- We carefully plan each nutritious meal/snack. (We are a no peanut/tree nut program.)
- We buy and store the food and partner with Cape Cod Farmers’ Markets for fresh fruits and vegetables.
- We prepare and pack every meal/snack fresh each day at Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans.
- We deliver the meals to each of our sites and oversee the distribution of the meals to the children and teens.
- We carefully train everyone involved in our program.
Why Here on Cape Cod?
Hunger and poverty are hidden, even denied on beautiful Cape Cod, but childhood hunger is real here, every day.
- Almost every town on the Cape has a poverty zone—neighborhoods where at least 50% of children live below the federal poverty level. But poverty is understated here because the standard of living on the Cape is 40+% higher than the US average.
- It’s clear that hunger has permeated the middle class – Catherine D’Amato, CEO Greater Boston FoodBank.
- The working poor are often the hardest hit: the low-wage hourly workers who perform important tasks – Project Bread.
- Feeding America estimates 17% of children on Cape Cod are food insecure. That means 1 in 6 wonder where their next meal is coming from. Of those, 38% do not qualify for federal assistance programs.
- During the summer, when school is out, these children lose access to meals, which leads to …
- Unhealthy eating/obesity
- Behavioral problems
- Learning loss
Where Do We Serve Meals?
We serve the children and youth right where they are in the summer—at local recreation programs, libraries, camps and parks in:
Many young Cape families work 2 or 3 jobs in the summer to offset their unemployment or under-employment during the winter months. Thus, these local programs fill an important childcare need.
For specific locations, dates and meal times in your neighborhood: call 1-800-645-8333, or text 1-617-863-MEAL.