Many school children look forward to Friday because it's almost the weekend. But for others, it's a source of anxiety. For some kids, getting enough to eat on the weekends is a real concern.
Edgar Snyder & Associates is proud to partner with Pittsburgh second-baseman Josh Harrison, DreamBuilders, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and FOCUS+Pittsburgh. Together, we're supporting a Backpack Feeding Program that sends healthy food home with kids on Fridays so that they don't have to worry about being hungry over the weekend.
The backpack program was created after a Pittsburgh Public School teacher contacted the food bank to ask for assistance for her students. Many of them, she told the food bank, would become anxious on Fridays as they prepared themselves for a weekend that could possibly be devoid of breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
The teacher said that, unfortunately, when those same students arrived back to class on Mondays they were tired and lethargic—some even had behavioral issues—because they simply did not get enough to eat over the weekend.
Stories like that prompted action from Josh Harrison and an organization he is involved with, Dreambuilders, a non-profit that works with athletes in different cities to help kids in need to reach their educational and wellness goals.
Our firm is proud to partner with them to support the backpack program, which will initially provide food to children who attend Pittsburgh Public Schools, where as many as 95 percent of the student population qualifies for the federal free and reduced lunch program.
The Backpack Feeding Program will initially benefit the North Side Public School, where the food will be distributed to children in need. The hope is that the number of involved schools will grow along with sponsorships and volunteers.
"As an organization dedicated to feeding people in need, the food insecurity issues these children were facing motivated us to act and get meals to students for the weekend," said Lisa Scales, food bank president and chief executive officer. "Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Backpacks alone will not solve childhood hunger, but they will provide immediate relief for children and families."