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State College Food Bank Kid’s Bag Program Serves Hundreds

by on September 10, 2017 5:00 AM

The State College Food Bank's annual Kid's Bag Program provided hundreds of families with extra bags of food this summer to ensure children received nutritious meals when school was not in session.

Each child from the food bank's client families received grocery bags of food in June, July and August and the program was expanded this year to provide families with a supplemental bag of food each month. More than 500 kids bags and 236 family bags totaling more than 6,800 pounds of food were distributed.

Children (under the age of 18) make up 32 percent of clients served by State College Food Bank.

The bags were filled with items based on nutritional guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website. Bags contained meals and snacks that could be easily prepared while parents and caregivers were at work.

“The new addition of fresh milk, eggs, and cheese was a huge success this year," said Allayn Beck, State College Food Bank business manager. "We received feedback that families were very thankful to have those new additions. The biggest impact we heard from our clients was that the majority of them were able to cut down on monthly food costs over the summer thanks to the bags we provided.”

Bags also contained green beans, fresh apples and carrots, cereal and canned pasta.

A grant from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which provided partial funding, and community food drives enabled State College Food Bank to offer the program again this summer.

Qualified households in Centre County receive food distributions once every 30 days and up to 12 times per year through the food bank and receive a supply of groceries sufficient for one to two weeks each time. In addition to the regular distribution and the Kid's Bag Program, the food bank also provides groceries for Thanksgiving and holiday meals.

Last year State College Food Bank served 716 households totaling 1,693 individuals.

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