Backpack Program

 

There are over 13,000 school age children in Chester County that rely on the free or reduced lunch programs through the school. But when the weekend arrives, they are not sure if there will be food to eat.

In these hard economic times, we see so many families struggling to afford food. The stress on parents is unthinkable; to not have enough food to feed your  child is heartbreaking. Food is a basic need for everyone but especially for growing children. Childhood nutrition is so critical to their mental and physical development.

Our Food Backpack Program is helping children so they don’t have to skip meals over the weekend or face two days without food.  The Food Bank purchases all of the food for the backpacks to ensure an adequate amount of food for each pack, to be able to keep the packs light in weight so it can be carried by a young child.

Volunteers & teachers at the school distribute the packs to the qualifying children. Teachers are so grateful for this program and tell us how the kids ask every week if they are getting food to take home. Educators know that a child facing hunger is unequipped to learn.

With your help, we can reach more families in need.

Your monetary donation will help us buy the food for the backpacks and help to feed children and families in Chester County. Click on our DONATE button to make a donation now OR send a check payable to the Chester County Food Bank at 650 Pennsylvania Dr., Exton PA 19341.

 

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