On most Fridays during the school year, nearly 350 Warren County School District 2nd and 3rd grade students receive a BackPack of food that contains enough breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items to help feed them over their weekends. During Thanksgiving and Christmas break, even more students in kindergarten to 5th grade receive BackPacks of food to help tide them over the many days away from their school-provided breakfast and lunch.

This Saturday, during BackPackular, approximately 70 volunteers will donate their time to fill 5,226 regular and holiday BackPacks.  These BackPacks will serve qualifying students for the entire fall semester.

“We are humbled that so many have stepped up to help fund, pack and distribute food to students in the Warren County School District,” said Karen Seggi, executive director of Second Harvest. “It takes a community effort to alleviate hunger. This event is a great example of many individuals working together to help feed those in need.”

BackPackular Event Details

Date:  Saturday, September 24, 2016

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Allegheny Valley School |100 North Main Street | Clarendon, PA

Support has come from a variety of individuals, organizations, businesses, churches and civic groups across Warren. Some volunteers have offered more than just their time to the program. Paul Mangione, an owner of a local business, is contributing drinks for those that volunteer beside him on Saturday.

“I’ve been following the BackPack Program since its inception,” said Mangione. “Children don’t ask to be put in the position of being hungry. I am proud to contribute towards a program that helps to ease their burden.” In addition to being a business owner, Mangione is an active board member of several organizations including the Warren County School district, the Elks Club #223 and the Warren Lions Club.

There is still time to register to volunteer for BackPackular. To sign up for a two-hour volunteer shift, or to request more information about the BackPackular event, please call Amanda Johnson at 814-459-3663, ext. 119, or email her at ajohnson@nwpafoodbank.org.