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The Mountain Lion Back Pack Program gives children food on weekends
By: WJAC Web Staff
BLAIR COUNTY, Pa-- Many children who are home from school are not getting enough to eat.
The Mountain Lion Back Pack Program provides food to almost 400 Altoona Elementary students whose parents may not be able to afford food to feed them on Saturdays and Sundays.
Every Friday from October to May kids get a backpack with two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and two drinks to get them through the weekend.
The goal of the program is to make sure childrens stomachs stay full so they can concentrate on learning and not their hunger.
That is why it was initiated, Mountain Lion Backpack Program member Kelly Adams said. So that they could help with the academic performance because if kids are hungry theyre not learning and if theyre not learning then they cant succeed.
Each backpack costs $3 a week. The program relies on volunteers to get food to kids who need it.