The food, enough for two dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, and snacks, goes home with kids on Fridays. The free program is available to children who are in the free breakfast or lunch program at Solanco's four elementary schools, sixth grade in the district's two middle schools, and Martic Elementary in the neighboring Penn Manor School District.
"I plan the menus and if we don't have enough items donated, I go out and buy it," she said.
She provides a list of needed items before food drives are held.
"We put in some of the items SWEEP needs and give the list to churches and other groups once a month," she said. The program using individual serving packages.
Neighborhood Ministries also accepts donations for the program. People can drop off items at the nonprofit's office, 355 Buck Rd., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Parents have to sign their children up for the program. Forms are available from guidance counselors at any of the schools.
"We get a tentative count on September 14. It usually fluctuates quite a bit for the first few weeks," said Teresa Dolan, director of Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.
"We have enough food to start school."
The first bags of food will be sent out on Friday, September 21.
Former food bank director Geri Vick started the program almost a decade ago, providing weekend meals for 20 students at Quarryville Elementary School.
It expanded to Providence and Clermont elementary schools in 2011. It later expanded to include Bart-Colerain and Martic elementary schools.
The middle school program began in 2016 and has been growing, Dolan said.
"Last year, we had two times the number of sixth graders as we had the first year," she said. The middle school program provides larger portions than for the elementary schools. When there's a long weekend that includes a Monday holiday, the program adds to the number of meals provided.
High school students and parent volunteers pack the meals each week. Parents then take the bags to the elementary schools; Smith picks its bags up and Dolan gives the Swift bags to her husband, who is that school's assistant principal.
The program serves an average of 290 students every week.
"Thanks to the community's generous support, we've been able to run this program," Dolan said. "We couldn't run it without their help."