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.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA sponsors two programs under the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program.  They are the Kingsley Kids Café and the Little Italy Kids Café.

Kingsley Kids Café is located at 913 Cranberry Street, Erie, PA

Regular hours are Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  Please check with the church at 814-459-3205 for a complete schedule.

Supper is served from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Crafts, games and homework help are provided.

Admission is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

 

Little Italy Kids Café is located at the Trinity Center at 462 West 18th Street, Erie, PA

Little Italy Kids Café serves supper weekdays at our Kids Cafe from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  For more information, please call 453-2468.

Children’s programming is provided.

Admission is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

If you have questions about The Kids Café Program, please call Rita Orinko at 814-459-3663 x 102 or email rorinko@nwpafoodbank.org.