Cape Kid Meals (CKM) mobilizes caring people and communities to provide food over the weekend to school-aged children across the Cape who might otherwise go hungry.
The purpose of Cape Kid Meals (CKM) is to raise awareness of Cape Cod families facing hunger, and to provide food for the school-aged children of these families on weekends when access to school breakfast/lunch programs are not available.
The vision of Cape Kid Meals (CKM) is to establish a program in every school where there is a need and to not have any hungry school-aged children on Cape Cod over the weekend.
Due to the resort nature of Cape Cod and high cost of living, 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 often lack access to enough food. 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. Often the children 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.
As of 2023, Cape Kid Meals has expanded to serve 28 schools across the Cape and over 800 children
Tammy Leone, Executive Director
Merry James, Program Coordinator
Our Board & Chapter Coordinators
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
Robert Walters, Board Chair
William G. Scotti III, Board Member
Craig Campbell, Board Member
Dr. Pamela Gould, Board Member
Lynne McGraw, Board Member
Emilie Bajorek, Board Member
Hope Hanscom, Board Member
Pastor David Johnson, Dennis, Orleans and Truro Chapter Coordinator
Tammy Leone, Barnstable & Yarmouth Chapter Coordinator
Mary Kate O’Brien, Mashpee Chapter Coordinators
Sharon Reid, Falmouth Chapter Coordinator
Andrew Bernard, Provincetown Chapter Coordinator