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Softball Team Volunteers With Backpack Program

ALTOONA, Pa. - Members of the Penn State Altoona softball team donated their time to volunteer with the Altoona Area School Disitrict's Mountain Lion Backpack Program on Thursday, October 16. The players helped assemble the backpacks of food items that are distributed to area children.

The Mountain Lion Backpack Program is designed to provide food to elementary school children in the Altoona area who otherwise may not have access to proper nutrition outside of school. The nonprofit puts "kids at the front of the line for receiving the food they need while not in school -- food that equips them to come to school Monday morning physically and mentally prepared to learn."

Every Friday from October to May, the Mountain Lion Backpack Program provides two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two drinks, and two snacks to local children. These nutritious, non-perishable, kid-friendly food items are packed in a backpack for the weekend and delivered to deserving elementary school children in the AASD for a cost of about $3 per week.

If you are interested in donating to this program, visit http://www.centralpagives.org .

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