• Students eligible for Backpack Weekend Food Program by submitting application

    backpacking The Backpack Weekend Food Program is back at Bellefonte Area schools, and all students are eligible just by applying for the program. It’s held in partnership with the YMCA of Centre County as part of its anti-hunger initiative.

    According to information from the YMCA, students, including those in Bellefonte Area schools, receive a backpack on Friday afternoon that contains meals and snacks to take home for the weekend. Come Monday, students return the empty backpacks at their school so it can be refilled for the following weekend.

    Those backpacks get packed once a week at 3:30 p.m. at Bellefonte Elementary School, room 312. Volunteers are needed.

    School secretary Kim Dombek said applications for the program can be picked up at any school in the district. There are no income guidelines, and no child is turned away. Preschool students with siblings who attend Bellefonte Area schools can also receive a backpack.

    Dombek said about 200 Bellefonte Area students are signed up for the program. About 130-150 backpacks are filled by volunteers weekly, depending on how many students return the backpacks from the previous week, she added. 

    Some items in the backpacks include cereal, soup, tuna, crackers and more.

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD