Children's Nutrition Program

School Snack Program

The Food Bank's Children's Nutrition Program (formerly known as Project H.O.P.E.), began in 2004.  The School Snack Program is meant to feed school children who would otherwise go hungry until lunch.  Since the beginning of the School Snack Program , teachers have noticed an increase in the level of attention from their class and an overall improvement in the grades of the children who were not previously eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast. All snacks are nutritious and low in sugar.  Contact your child's school to find out if they have a program receiving services from the Food Bank and if your child is eligible to attend. If you are an instructor with a program or classroom that you feel can use the help of the Children's Nutrition  Program, please contact our office at (530) 272-3796, Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

"Snacks from the food bank are so very important to our students.  Not only do they feed our students who are financially unable to purchase snacks from the vending machines during the school day, they feed students whose family is low on food at home, and students are able to focus and learn better when they have food available to them.  In some cases, the snack cupboard is the reason that some students come to school and stay throughout the day.   Last year, a student was able to make it through the full school day when he had the provided snacks available to him.  Without the snacks, he was unable to focus and became agitated.  This young man is now working full time for a local business, and is continuing his learning. Having the snacks available to them provides our students comfort and security they may not have otherwise.  They know food will always be available in our cupboard."  

Julie Gregerson Education Specialist

Silver Springs High School

Last year, through the School Snack program provided 2,178 children with 10,890 snacks per week at 14 different schools.


Summer Lunch Program

Summer Lunch Program

Food insecurity in children is a huge problem in California and in Nevada County. Through the Summer Lunch Program, we deliver lunches to area low-income apartments and the YMCA summer camp. Nutritious bag lunches are distributed Monday through Friday for 8-9 weeks in the summer, running right up to the day school starts. 

All lunches that we supply are government mandated to be healthy and balanced. Each year we provided 4,500 lunches to hungry children in Nevada County. To find out where lunches are distributed or to become a Summer Lunch site, please contact our office at (530) 272-3796 or email

Last year, the Summer Lunch program provided 4,636 nutritious lunches to approximately
220 children living in 7 low-income apartments.

Summer Lunch Program Flyer