Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield awards $25,000 to support the children's BackPack Program through the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has provided a grant in the amount of $25,000 to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA’s BackPack Program within the Erie City School District. The grant will provide nourishing food for 189 school students for 33 weekends during the school year, supporting proper nutrition for overall growth, physical and cognitive development as well as satisfactory performance in school.
“With many children living in food insecure households, I am very grateful for the continued support from Highmark for the BackPack Program,” said Karen Seggi, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank. “This program is important because it removes the burden of hunger from the lives of children who should instead be focusing on education and homework, not how to fill their empty stomachs. There should be no doubt those children who are well-nourished do better than those who are not.”
“At Highmark, we have a long-standing commitment to the health of the Erie community, and good health begins in childhood and builds from there,” said Neil Parham, senior community affairs representative for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. “The Second Harvest’s backpack program is an excellent way to reach children needing nutritious food to support their learning and growth. “
The BackPack Program provides needy children with nutritious, child-friendly food when other resources, such as school lunches and after-school meals or snacks, are not available. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to participating children at community centers or schools on Fridays and before holidays.
Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA operates 21 of the more than 2,200 backpack sites throughout the United States.
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