BackPack Program seeks volunteers

Amber Smith, program director for the Mountain Lion BackPack Program, packs a bag with weekend meals for children to take home over the weekend. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

The Mountain Lion BackPack Program is looking for people who want to give back to the community and make a difference, program Director Amber Smith said.

The Mountain Lion BackPack Program provides weekend meals to an average of 1,200 elementary school-aged children in the Altoona Area School District.

Volunteers are needed to help pack backpacks with food for the children to take home. The first packing night of the 2018-19 school year will begin at 5 p.m.

Oct. 4 at the program’s warehouse space in the old Butterick building at 3001 Beale Ave.

Each week, filled backpacks are delivered outside classrooms for children to take home for the weekend. The food inside them includes two breakfasts, two lunches two dinners and two drinks for Saturday and Sunday, Smith said. Cereal, macaroni and cheese, canned pasta, pancake mix, raisins, apple sauce, drinks are included, Smith said.

“We are always in need of volunteers,” she said.

The food is donated from Save-A-Lot Altoona and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Smith said.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.