Portrait of Smiling Girl FacesThe BackPack Program

Children comprise 30 percent of the individuals Second Harvest of Northwest Pennsylvania serves. To alleviate childhood hunger, Second Harvest operates the BackPack Program at 30 sites within northwest Pennsylvania. This program provides children with nutritious, child-friendly food when other resources, such as school lunches and after-school meals or snacks, are not available. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to participating children at schools on Fridays and helps provide the proper nutrition necessary for overall growth, physical and cognitive development and satisfactory performance in school.
Second Harvest selects and obtains the food for our sites and volunteers assemble individual bags for distribution. Each backpack contains 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items and 2 dinner items.
If you have questions about the program, please call Cindy Plymyer at 814-459-3663 x 103 or cplymyer@nwpafoodbank.org.

How can you help?

Make a donation. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted to help maintain our BackPack Program. You may donate online or by check.

The Kids Café Program

The Kids Café Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children at safe, accessible sites. Second Harvest’s Kids Cafés are free after-school programs that offer homework assistance, nutrition education and recreational activities along with a meal. This program helps provide the proper nutrition necessary for overall growth, physical and cognitive development and satisfactory performance in school.

Second Harvest creates the menus and obtains the food for the Kids Cafes as well as monitors the operation of the overall program in northwest Pennsylvania. The Kids Cafe program itself was designed by Feeding America, the food bank network that Second Harvest belongs to.

If you have questions about The Kids Café Program, please call Ann Donikowski at 814-459-3663 x 111 or email adonikowski@nwpafoodbank.org.