CKM Mission

Cape Kid Meals (CKM) mobilizes caring people and communities to provide food over the weekend to food insecure school-aged children across the Cape who might otherwise go hungry.

CKM Purpose

The purpose of Cape Kid Meals (CKM) is to raise awareness of the reality of food insecurity among a significant number of Cape Cod families and to provide food for the school-aged children of these families on weekends when access to school breakfast/lunch programs are not available.

CKM Vision

The vision of Cape Kid Meals (CKM) is to establish a program in every elementary school where there is a need and to not have any hungry school-aged children on Cape Cod over the weekend.

Our History

Due to the resort nature of Cape Cod, many families are faced with seasonal poverty as jobs related to tourism, and other seasonal work, are reduced or non-existent during the winter months. Many of these families with children have annual incomes at or below the poverty level and are often food insecure. To partially meet the needs of the children most schools on the Cape offer both free and reduced lunch and breakfast programs. However, on the weekends or during vacations children often go without adequate food. These children then return to school hungry and as a result have difficulty learning.

In 2014, after hearing about children facing weekend hunger in two schools in Dennis, Ezra Baker Innovation and Wixon Innovation, Grace Church of East Dennis sought out a solution.  Through their research they learned about a national organization called Blessings in a Backpack (BIB).  Grace Church, along with a few private donors and in cooperation with BIB, established Cape Kid Meals (CKM).  CKM began delivering individual, pre-packaged bags of food that were discreetly placed into the child’s backpack before weekend dismissal.  At these two schools combined there were 100 children who were food insecure over the weekend. 

As of 2020, Cape Kid Meals has expanded to serve 27 schools across the Cape and over 550 children

Our People

Cape Kid Meals’ team includes volunteers who shop for food, pack bags, deliver to the schools and run chapters. Cape Kid Meals (CKM), founded in 2014, is under the direction of independent board members.

Board Members – Officers
Pastor David Johnson, Grace Church of East Dennis, Co-Founder & Board Member
David Byrnes, Co-Founder & Board Member 
Mary Carlson, Board Member 
William G. Scotti III, Board Member
Robert Walters, Board Member
Dr. Pamela Gould, Board Member

Staff
Executive Director: Tammy Leone
tammyleoneckm@gmail.com

Chapter Coordinators
Pastor David Johnson, Dennis, Orleans and Truro Chapter Coordinator
Tammy Leone, Barnstable Chapter Coordinator 
Mary Carlson, Bourne-Sandwich Chapter Coordinator
Mike Miller, Bourne-Sandwich Chapter Coordinator
Stephanie Flynn & Erin Hall, Yarmouth Chapter Coordinators
Jane Emery, Mashpee Chapter Coordinator 
Sharon Reid, Falmouth Chapter Coordinator 
Pastor Alan Wilmont, Nauset Chapter Coordinator
Andrew Bernard, Provincetown Chapter Coordinator