Tee up to feed children

Want to tee up and help expand the BackPack Program to more students in the Warren County School District?

The Inaugural Backpack Golf Tournament to benefit The Second Harvest Food Bank BackPack Program at the Warren County School District will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 at Cable Hollow Golf Course in Russell. The cost is $60 per golfer and includes green fees, cart, lunch at The Turn and supper with prize giveaways.

Hunger remains a very real concern for students in the Warren County School District and even though they may receive free or reduced meals during the school week through the National School Lunch Program, students are often left waiting through the weekend for nutritious child-friendly food.

The BackPack Program, which is run by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, the Warren County School District with assistance from local clergy and congregations provide children with these meals when other resources, such as school lunches and after-school meals or snacks are not available.

The BackPack Program discretely provides students with a pack of nutritious, easily-prepared food each Friday to get them through the weekend. The program has been offered at Allegheny Valley Elementary School and Youngsville Elementary Middle School since last November.

“Feeding our students through The Second Harvest BackPack Program takes volunteers and funding. We have volunteers, but are currently funding to expand the program to each school in the Warren County School District,” WCSD Superintendent Dr. William Clark said in press release. “In order to do so, the local partners have organized the BackPack Golf Tournament, with the hopes of raising enough fund to offer The Second Harvest BackPack Program to at least 30 percent of qualified Warren County students. Additionally, half of all money raised during this inaugural tournament will be placed into a fund at the Community Foundation of Warren County, with the intent of building an endowment to ensure that The Second Harvest BackPack Program operates in local schools for years to come.”

Rouse Estate Chief Executive Officer Jasen Diley said all the funds raised will go directly back to the district.

“The idea is to expand on to more schools and grades,” he said, ” to build up on it longterm, we don’t want to be a flash in the pan.”

Registration forms for the golf tournament are available at Cable Hollow Golf Course or by emailing Diley at jdiley@rouse.org or calling him at 814-563-6403.