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Local Program Helps To Feed Children In Need

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Some children in Erie could go the entire weekend without food, if it wasn't for one local program.

Every Friday, students in need in the Erie City School District can take food home for the weekend, thanks to the Backpack Program by the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Food Bank teamed up with volunteers from Highmark Friday afternoon, to fill nearly 200 backpacks for students at Pfeiffer Burleigh.

"I can't imagine the pain a parent must go through when they realize they don't have enough food to give to their children," said Karen Seggi, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Neil Parham of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, helped fill the backpacks.  "Every Friday, their bags will be refreshed with some healthy snacks and foods for the weekend," said Parham.  "It helps them have a nutritious snack over the weekend and gets them prepared to learn for the next week."

The Backpack program provides food to children in low-income families.  The grant allows hundreds of kids to take food home, 33 weekends during the school year.

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