The local Backpack for Hunger program is available for all district students.
This program provides weekend food for children of families in need. These children have breakfast and lunch at school during the week but might not have enough food on the weekends. Food is sent home with each participating child every Friday. Each bag includes enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks. Within the offerings, there will be two fruits/vegetables and two proteins. (A one-day example is a breakfast bar, individual macaroni & cheese, applesauce, and pretzels.)
Backpack for Hunger is a local nonprofit, 501(c)(3) group of parent volunteers and is funded by food and monetary donations from the community, including individuals, clubs, grants, and local religious organizations.
There are no eligibility requirements, and the program will service any family in need. The program, which is not funded by the Fox Chapel Area School District, operates year-round and provides approximately 180 free weekend care bags of food during the school year. During the summer months, approximately 150 free food bags are provided each week to children in the Sharpsburg community.
Anyone interested in learning more about this program should contact a school counselor in the district.