Combat Weekend Hunger

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Shantana lives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and works hard to provide for her three children. Her kids qualify for free meals during the school day, but often she can’t afford to keep food on the table for them at home. Without FOCUS Pittsburgh’s Backpack Feeding Program, supported by United Way’s fitUnited initiative, her kids would go hungry on the weekends. The program distributes food-filled backpacks every Friday after school to get them through the weekend. In January alone, the program distributed 48,500 meals. The backpacks bring joy to Shantana and her children. "It's like Christmas to them, and a blessing to me.”

For every $100 we raise, a child will receive weekend backpacks for 6 months.

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United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Combat Weekend Hunger