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Weekend Backpack Fund More Than Half Full

Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Schenectady’s Weekend Backpack Partnership is in full swing!  This week we served 1,010 food-insecure children in the City of Schenectady’s elementary school, providing a backpack full of nutritious food to last the weekend.

The Weekend Backpack Fund has received $35,000 in contributions since the campaign launched in September – just over halfway to our goal of raising $75,000 from the community. Our plan this year is to expand our reach and serve up to 1,500 hungry children in Schenectady County – including students in school districts outside the City. That means we must raise an additional $40,000 beyond what our funding partners MVP Health Care and SEFCU have already committed.

If you have contributed, thank you! Because of you, Schenectady's children and families will benefit from a source of nutritious food each weekend during the school year. The children return to school on Monday mornings better prepared to succeed. Our program data shows a correlation between the kids who are in this program and improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance.  And families in crisis are strengthened, allowing them to move toward stability.

If you have not made your pledge yet, it is not too late! Donate Now

By investing in the Weekend Backpack Fund, you will make a powerful difference across our community with a single gift.

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