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.

The Chester County Food Bank’s Backpack Program serves over 2000 school students per month with a bag of healthy non-perishable foods that help to feed low income children and their families.
With a combination of foods that will feed the family over the weekend and individual breakfast and lunch items for the students, we are helping those who rely on the free and reduced lunch programs at schools during the week to have supplemental food to not feel the agony of hunger over the weekend.

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.