with a weekend
per year on food
of students on the free/reduced price
In early 2015, the Backpack for Hunger program was launched by a group of compassionate women in response to a startling statistic about the Fox Chapel Area School District’s socio-economic diversity. Although considered a wealthy district, around 800 children depended on the free and reduced-price lunch program, leaving them without meals on weekends. With the support of generous donors, the program started at three schools and expanded to cover the entire district by December 2015. By February 2016, all students from Kindergarten to 12th grade in the Fox Chapel School District were offered participation, ensuring no child faced a weekend without food. The program’s commitment extended into the summer, providing food bags to children in various programs, addressing hunger year-round. Since its inception, B4H has given out over 85,000 bags of food since 2015.
Backpack for Hunger’s mission is to combat children’s food insecurity in the Fox Chapel area. B4H provides free care bags of food for children in need, especially when they are not in school – in the evenings, weekends and summer.