Anti-Hunger Programs

Backpack Weekend Food Program

Each Friday afternoon during the school year, participating students receive a backpack containing meals and snacks to take home with them for weekend. On Monday, students return their empty backpack to the school so it can be refilled for the following weekend. Examples of food students receive include: cereal, soup, tuna, spaghetti, crackers, fruits, and more.

The YMCA works closely with local schools to distribute information to students/parents qualifying for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Parents interested in enrolling their child/children complete a brief, confidential application and permission form. No child is turned away from this program. More information can be obtained by contacting your child’s school.

Serving these school districts in the 2017-18 school year:

Bald Eagle Area           Moshannon Valley Area          Penns Valley Area

Bellefonte Area            Philipsburg-Osceola Area       State College Area         West Branch Area

Program Volunteers

The Backpack Program is made possible through the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Backpacks are prepared weekly at various sites  and then delivered to participating schools.

For information about volunteering, contact:

State College YMCA: Theresa Mast: [email protected]

All other locations: Mel Curtis: [email protected]

 Give

Your financial support helps the Y continue its commitment to feeding kids. Donations can be given in person at any YMCA of Centre County branch stating it is for the BackPack Program or mailed to Moshannon Valley YMCA, P.O. Box 426, Philipsburg, PA 16866. If you would like to designate a specific community/school district, please note that with your donation. Gifts can also be made by clicking here or scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Making An Impact

  • Since 2004, the YMCA started the Summer Lunch Program with two sites in the Philipsburg-Osceola School District serving summer lunches through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
  • By the end of the 2016-17 school year, over 1,000 children in seven school districts were receiving a backpack of food each weekend.
  • Local businesses, individuals, families, and school groups have truly embraced the opportunity to help kids in their community by giving their time, talents, and treasure to support the Y’s efforts.
  • The YMCA has also partnered with Moshannon Valley EMS, Bellefonte EMS, and Centre Life Link who carry the food backpacks in their vehicles.
  • To support its Anti-Hunger Programs, the YMCA of Centre County has been awarded substantial grants through Walmart Foundation/YMCA of the USA Year Round Food Program, Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, Centre County United Way, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

For More Information About YMCA Anti-Hunger Programs Mel Curtis – 814-342-0889 or email [email protected]

Watch our backpack program in action 

Watch the video from WTAJ here


Summer Lunch Program

One in six children in the United States wakes up facing hunger every day, which can lead to poor nutrition, more frequent illnesses, inability to concentrate, and many other health and behavioral issues. Together with local school districts and communities, the YMCA of Centre County continues to expand and enhance its anti-hunger programming.

The Moshannon Valley YMCA began the Summer Lunch Program in 2004, serving children at four locations in the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District. Now in its fourteenth summer, YMCA of Centre County will serve children at locations in Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Keystone Central, Moshannon Valley, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola, and West Branch Area School Districts. The YMCA hopes to add sites in the State College area by mid-summer as well.

The YMCA’s Summer Lunch Program is open to children up to age 18 at no cost. Parents/adult caregivers are permitted to eat with their child at a cost of $2.50 per meal. All food must be consumed on site. The lunch menu includes hot meals on Monday – Thursday, and a cold meal on Fridays where available; see site schedule below. All meals meet USDA nutrition standards and are served with milk. The YMCA of Centre County serves as a Summer Food Service Provider sponsor under their oversight of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Summer Lunch Program fills a void that many students face when they are not in school to receive lunch. It also provides an opportunity to get out of the house and interact with other children and families. Many children walk or bike to the sites, and many sites are located near parks or playgrounds for physical activity before or after lunch.

The Summer Lunch sites listed are those currently confirmed and open to the public. Additional sites may be added as the summer progresses.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mel Curtis – 814-342-0889 or email [email protected]

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD_3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by
1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
2) Fax: (202) 690-7442
3) Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.