The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is hitting the road this summer to find and feed children in need with its Bus Stop Cafe, a school bus equipped to give children an area to eat lunch in places where there is no organized summer camp. The Bus Stop Cafe operates in Salem County as an extension of FBSJ’s Summer Meals Program (SMP), a program expected to deliver a half million breakfasts, lunches, and snacks daily to 8,000 low-income children at 168 sites throughout Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, and Salem counties from mid-June through Sept. 1.
The Bus Stop Cafe will deliver and serve meals in four site locations daily where low-income children are known to live and play throughout Salem County. Reading materials will also be available thanks in part to a generous donation of over 6,000 children’s books provided by First Book, a national nonprofit dedicated to supplying reading materials to low-income children.
“Our mission extends well beyond simply feeding those in need,” states FBSJ COO, Joe Njoroge, “We want to engage kids with opportunities to benefit their health in greater ways, and with committed partners such as First Book and the American Dairy Association we’re able to execute a program that nourishes their bodies and their minds throughout the entire summer season.”