Ahearn Foundation Provides Grant to Assist with Funding for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program

By WBNG News

Ahearn Foundation Provides Grant to Assist with Funding for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced Thursday that it has received a grant in the amount of $2,500 from the Ahearn Foundation.

According to a news release:

These funds will be used to support the BackPack Program in Broome County during the 2012-13 school year.

“We are grateful to the Ahearn Foundation for their support of our BackPack Program which addresses the problem of child hunger and food insecurity in Broome County where the need is significant," said Natasha Thompson, Food Bank President & CEO.

The Food Bank’s BackPack Program provides healthy, child-friendly, and easy to prepare foods to children at risk of hunger over weekends and holiday breaks when children do not have access to free or reduced price school meal programs.

During the 2010-2011 school year, the program served 19 school districts across the Southern Tier, reaching more than 1,400 children each week.