- The Spring Grove Area School District’s Backpack Program is a food assistance program that provides weekend meals for students in need. The program has grown since its inception in 2015, from servicing twenty students in the 2015-16 school year to now assisting approximately two hundred students every week.
- Spring Grove Area Middle School Counselor, Teresa Weaver, began the Backpack Program to address student hunger and help families in the District. In doing so, she’s also helping to further the District’s mission of providing a learning environment where every student can attain their full potential.
- The Backpack Program is funded through grants, generous donations, a yearly golf scramble fundraiser event, and a volleyball tournament hosted at the High School. Knowing the Backpack Program is available, students can focus on learning instead of worrying about their next meal.
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If interested in making a monetary donation to support the Backpack Program, you can do so by:
- PayPal or credit card
- By check made payable to the SGASD/Backpack Program and sent to the Educational Service Center, attention Suzanne Sterner.
Educational Service Center
100 East College Avenue
Spring Grove, PA 17362
Contact Teresa Weaver
717-225-4731 ext. 6071
- Backpacks are filled with nutritious food/snacks to be opened and consumed by the children at home during the weekend.
- Backpacks are distributed on Thursdays to selected children to take home.
- Children return the empty backpacks on Friday or Monday to be refilled for the following weekend.
- The Backpack Program begins each year in September or October and runs through the end of the school year.
The program is voluntary, and there is no fee. Personal information will be confidential, and each child’s participation will only be known by the school staff involved in the program's operation.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete and submit the form below.