The mission of the Cambria County Backpack Project (CCBP) is to work collaboratively to leverage resources in our communities to alleviate childhood hunger, while closing the gap between chronic hunger and academic achievement.
Blacklick Valley, Cambria Heights, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, Greater Johnstown, Mom's House, Northern Cambria, Portage, Penn Cambria, Richland, Westmont Hilltop, Windber Area High School, Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, Cambria County Child Development Corporation preschools, Children's Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization Program, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and The Learning Lamp.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Cambria County Backpack Project (CCBP)?
A: The CCBP is a partnership fund of the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies and is housed in The Learning Lamp. We provide weekend meals throughout the school year to kids in Cambria County who face chronic hunger.
Q: How are you funded?
A: The CCBP is funded solely by grants and donations.
Q:What do you put in your bags?
A: In each bag we provide two single- serve Ramen noodle cups, two sllim jims, two single-serve Chef Boyardee meals, two vegetable cups, an apple, a fruit cup, shelf stable milk, shelf stable yogurt, two granola bars, a cereal bowl, a pudding cup, and a whole grain snack.
Q: How do the kids get their food?
A: Once the bags are packed on Monday, representatives from each partner school/agency come pick them up their bins throughout the week. From there, the bags are given to the children in a discreet way and taken home for the weekend.
Q: How can I become a participant?
A: Reach out to your school district's guidance counselor or CCBP representative for an application and referral.
Q:Will anyone know my child is part of this program?
A: Participation in CCBP is confidential. The only people that will know that you participate is your child's school counselors.
Q: How many meals does my child receive?
A: Your child will receive six meals. in each bag with food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Saturday and Sunday.