Services - Youth Programs

Get Help for Kids

CAC youth programs provide seasonal assistance to children of current clients and families seeking help. Through generous donors, CAC provides children free lunches in the summer months, new back packs with school supplies for the start of the school year, free coats, and gifts during the holidays. Clients are contacted for registration.  Quantities may be limited.

  • Lunches are distributed June – August through CAC food pantry locations as a part of CAC pantry services
  • Backpacks and school supplies are distributed before the start of school – sign up now!
  • Coats for Kids are distributed in October.
  • Holiday gifts are distributed in December.

The application portal for Tools for School program is now open!  

Give Help to Kids

CAC youth programs benefit local children of families who are facing difficult times. With donor support, CAC serves children whose families can’t afford what many other children have. The gifts of seasonal items mean a lot more to the children than the value of the items. They help ensure children of families in need do not go hungry in the summer, are proud to go back to school with a new backpack and experience the joy of holiday gifts. With support from donors like you, CAC is able to :

  • Prepare up to 1,000 children a year with backpacks with school supplies.
  • Give more than 1,400 children a year holiday gifts.
  • Distribute more than 3,000 summer lunch bags (15,000 lunches) a year.

Tools for School

Give kids Tools for School and help prepare them for the start of school with the tools they need to learn! Donate online to Tools for School and your dollar goes further to help more children. Your donation of $40 provides for a new backpack filled with school supplies, a $50 retail value, because when you donate to CAC your dollar buys more with wholesale purchasing! CAC’s Tools for School is unique, providing new backpacks filled with school supplies customized per school and per grade, all free to children of families in need. Your donations help about 1,000 students a year at 12 area public schools. CAC’s annual Tools for School drive takes place every spring and summer. Your support helps local children be proud to go to school and prepared to learn for the new academic year! CAC also accepts donations of school supplies and backpacks. Most needed items are large sized, heavy duty backpacks.

Summer Lunch Bag

Help make sure local kids don’t go hungry this summer.  Your donation of $35 provides a child with 3 CAC Summer Lunch Bags, each containing 5 easy –to-prepare lunches for a week! Summer Lunch Bags benefit children in need who receive free lunches when at school.  CAC Summer Lunch Bags for kids help families who have difficulty meeting the additional costs of food for children during summer school vacation. The CAC Summer Lunch Bag program makes for great group projects; hold a food drive and assemble lunch bags containing 5 lunches from the lunch bag food list. CAC accepts donations for this program from April through July.


Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays!

You can make a child’s holiday season a little happier! Give holiday gifts to children of local families in need through CAC. View family stories and child wish lists on our website. Select a family and “adopt” online. Donors are asked to spend $75-$100 per child and bring their new and unwrapped gifts to CAC. The program is available to donors in early November and serves about 1,500 local children.