The Cambria County Backpack Project is celebrating its 10 year anniversary today.
For the past decade, the backpack project has been serving weekend food to local children who might not get a meal otherwise.
A celebration was held in Highland Regional Park in Richland today to not only celebrate the 10 year milestone, but also to celebrate their newly recognized IRS status of being a non-profit organization and new branding.
This celebration also marked a new milestone of serving over fifty thousand bags of weekend food to children in Cambria County.
According to organizers, reaching such a landmark is largely due to their volunteers. They stress that volunteers for this program are needed now, more than ever.
“One in five children in Cambria County are food insecure we know that families right now are struggling with high grocery costs. their snap benefits have been cut recently in march, so our families are really struggling to put food on the table. sometimes they have to choose between paying their electric bill and buying groceries. so we’re there to step in and serve that need and help kids on the weekends.”
To learn more about the Cambria County Backpack Project, or to get involved, you can visit their website at ccbackpack.org.