CVCCS provides students in the Conestoga Valley School District on free and reduced-fee lunches with bundles of food to take home for the weekends.
The food bundles are prepared by CVCCS volunteers and include two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and, when available, snacks and drinks. For many of the children served by the program, they face food insecurity at home and often do not have an adult available to help them prepare meals. The food packed in the bundles is quick, individually sized items that can be easily prepared.
The program cost $33,600 in 2018-19. We are currently accepting donations for the program. Click here for more information.
Rooted After School Mentoring Program
Rooted is an afterschool program for at-risk children in the Conestoga Valley School District. Students are referred to the program by a school counselor and, if the parent approves their attendance, is paired, one-on-one, with a mentor for the program year that runs from September through May.
Rooted meets every Tuesday at CVCCS and includes a healthy snack and an opportunity for the children to unwind from their day by talking to their mentor before engaging in fun games, a Bible lesson, and group activities that foster teamwork.
A family dinner is held three times during the year as a way for the families to get to know the mentors and staff. For more information or to volunteer to be a mentor for Rooted, please contact Dottie Slothower at email@example.com.
Summer Meals Program
CVCCS provides nutritious lunches to children over summer vacation, three days a week, at three locations in the Conestoga Valley School District. The Summer Meals Program is funded by the USDA and administered by CVCCS and is open to children 18 and younger. The program’s goal is to reach children who struggle with food insecurity at home.
Meals are prepared by volunteers at CVCCS and then delivered to the sites. Each site has a team of volunteers to serve the children. After lunch, some of the children stick around to play games and to talk. It’s great to see the children connect with our volunteers and with each other.
Back to School Ready
CVCCS provides brand new backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes to children of families served by the food bank. In 2019, 125 children were provided with the items they needed for the school year.
Victory Church raised money to help us pay for 75 pairs of shoes so that the children will have a pair of safe, sturdy, and appropriate shoes for school.
All items for the back to school drive were donated by local churches. The retail value of the items collected was around $5,000.