Backpack Initiative @ Pgh Linden

$14,585 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 52 months
The Backpack Initiative at Pittsburgh Linden seeks to supplement weekend food supplies for students who qualify for free meals during the school week.

Over one in five American children lack steady access to sufficient food, and over 50 million total Americans are food insecure. Here in Pennsylvania, a new study shows that nearly 2 million people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – including more than a half a million children – do not always know where they will find their next meal. In all, 14.9 percent of the population in Pennsylvania – nearly 1 out of every 6 Pennsylvanians – struggle with hunger, according to research from Feeding America.

Here in Pittsburgh, the thorny problem of poverty and hunger is compounded by race. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Pittsburgh Region has the highest rate of poverty among working-age African Americans of any of the 40 largest metropolitan regions in the country. More than a quarter (28%) of the region’s African Americans aged 18-64 live in poverty. That’s twice as high as in regions such as Baltimore and Charlotte. At Pittsburgh Linden, 71% of the Pittsburgh Linden students are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.

Research shows that when kids are hungry, the can’t learn. Hungry kids are more likely to be sick and miss schools days, they can’t concentrate, they complain of headaches and stomach aches, and, quite often, as a result, they don’t do well academically. Teachers affirm these patterns; 80% of teachers in a recent survey reported that they see kids coming hungry to their classes at least once a week.

In response, parents and volunteers at Pittsburgh Linden have created the Linden Backpack Initiative. This effort provides weekend food supplies for students who qualify for free meals during the school day. Students in need can go home each week with individual care packages assembled by Pittsburgh Linden volunteers. This program operates on donations, and we need your support.

Please consider helping us help our community! No kid should go hungry!
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With your help and the help of some wonderful community partners we have been able to continue to serve our food insecure children at Linden through another school year!
Thank you!
We continue to raise funds looking toward the 2017/18 school year and welcome your continued support of our efforts!
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Happy New Year everyone!!
We are only $1,900 short of being fully funded for the 2015-2016 school year. We can do this!!
Thanks to a generous donation from Fit United, these bags went home with our kids over the Holiday Break!
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A public challenge has just been created!

A donor, that wishes to remain anonymous, would like to challenge the neighbors of Point Breeze Organization to match their $250 donation to The Backpack Initiative at Pittsburgh Linden. They challenge those who are able to match or beat their donation. "If the residents of Point Breeze step up, we can help The Backpack Initiative far exceed its GoFundMe goal."
Help your neighborhood school help its neediest students. No child should be hungry. We are currently sending a weekend's worth of food home to 84 studentes. A $250 donation will enable us to feed that child over the weekend for an entire school year!
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We would like to send out a "Thank You" for all of your support so far this school year. We are happy to announce that The Backpack Initiative will now be able to purchase it's food from the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank with the help of a partner organization, FOCUS. This new partnership will save us thousands of dollars over the school year. However, we still have a lot to fundraise to ensure that we can feed the 80 students that are enrolled this year!
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$14,585 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 52 months
Created September 2, 2014
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$100
Anonymous
18 months ago
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$50
Ann Panush
18 months ago

Awesome effort; hope you make your goal!!

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$35
Shannon Macken
31 months ago

Heard about your initiative on Nextdoor - keep up the excellent work!

$25
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31 months ago
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31 months ago
$100
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31 months ago
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