Our Backpack Feeding Program at FOCUS provides free weekend meals to children enrolled in the United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program’s Free or Reduced Price School Meals.
FOCUS West Central PA facilitates the delivery of food to local area schools, who then distribute the “backpacks” every Friday school is in session. Food is also distributed during the summer at feeding sites.
In each bag, there is enough food for two (2) breakfasts, two (2) lunches, and two (2) dinners, along with several snack items. Items vary per month. Currently, FOCUS’s Backpack Program provides weekend meals for 180 students per week in Western Pennsylvania.
If you would like to volunteer your time to help with this program, give us a call or visit us during our Office Hours to learn how to become part of our volunteer team.
Notes From Student Recipients:
“Thank you so much for the Backpack Program. It helps my family and I to have a little extra so we can save our money.”
“It saves money. I really prisheate it.”
“Thank you very much for providing me with weekend food bags. They helped keep me full over the weekend.”
“Thank you for doing this program. It is a good help for people.”
“It cheered me up.”
“I am happy knowing if anyone is out of food they have you.”
Other ways to get involved with FOCUS
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, we host a free community breakfast to feed the poor and homeless in our local community.
We collect non-perishable food, clothing, and household and hygiene items to help families and individuals in need.