Caring for Juniors Program
Project CJ (Caring for Juniors) is a food assistance program that benefits students who come from low-income families and attend Title One elementary schools in San Antonio.
The goal of Project CJ is to ensure children have enough healthy snacks and food options during their time away from school and on weekends. For a school to qualify as Title One, at least 40% of students must be enrolled in the “free and reduced lunch program.”
Blue Cares and the San Antonio Food Bank partnered together for Project CJ to ensure children have enough healthy snack and food options during the weekends. Project CJ works with educators and community leaders at identified schools to identify children in need.
Project CJ is important because proper nutrition is a basic necessity, and when the weekend comes and there is not a cafeteria available to provide food, a sizable portion of children attending Title One schools go hungry during the day.
Project CJ “snack packs” of canned meals, grain bars, other small snacks, and bottled water are provided to school on Thursday for the weekend ahead. Project CJ also sends extra “snack packs” home with students who have siblings that are too young to attend school.
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The goal of Project CJ is to ensure children have enough healthy snacks and food options during their time away from school and on weekends.