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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pittsburgh 5th Ward Helping to Feed Local Schoolchildren

During the 2013-14 school year, more than 70 percent of children attending school in the Pittsburgh School District were eligible for free or reduced price lunches. Many of these children return home to empty cupboards each night and weekend.

The Pittsburgh 5th Ward is teaming up with the local arm of Blessings in a Backpack to feed children from two elementary schools in Wilkinsburg, PA for a weekend.  The 5th Ward's goal is to fill at least 100 of the 620 backpacks needed for these schools.

The service event will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Greentree Chapel - 46 School St., Pittsburgh.  

All our welcome to attend, especially children.  Please bring a donation and help fill the backpacks that will go home to feed these children.  If you have any questions about this event, contact Jacqueline Haines at

Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year.  Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, macaroni and cheese cups, and oatmeal.

If you'd like to bring a donation, follow the guide below:

Last names starting with --
A-D: Capri Sun 100% juice (this brand only)
E-G: Fruit Snacks of Fruit Roll Ups
H-K: Individual pudding cup, applesauce, or fruit cups
L-N: Microwaveable popcorn
O-Q: Cheese Crackers (six in a pack, no peanut butter crackers)
R-T: Individual boxes of cereal or Pop Tarts
U-W: Rice Krispie treats or granola bars (no nuts)
X-Z: Easy Mac or small Chef Boyardee (not canned)