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Summer Backpack Program coming soon

To the editor:

Thank you for providing this forum to share information.

On June 1, the Juniata County Food Pantry will begin a modified Summer Backpack Program. Children who have completed any grade in the Juniata County School District this year from kindergarten through eighth and received free or reduced-price lunches are eligible to participate. Each student will receive food for 20 lunches for each of the three summer months.

Parents/legal guardians should call the pantry at (717) 436-9718 to schedule an appointment. Pantry hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Procedures will follow the new model of current food pantry guidelines. All food will be boxed for the students. State regulations have been adapted to the current health crisis. Parents will not need to sign paperwork. All information will be taken over the phone when appointments are made.

Due to health concerns, we will not be holding our traditional “Stuff the Bus” events to kick off our program. Anyone who is interested in donating food items for the program may deliver them to the Juniata County Food Pantry at 114 N. Main St. in Mifflintown. Our vestibule is available during closed hours. Please leave your name and address with your items, so that I may properly thank you.

Suggested items for donation include: 15 oz. cans of pasta meals; single serve noodle, rice, and mac ‘n cheese cups; microwave meals; ready-to-heat soups; fruit cups; pudding and Jell-O cups; cookies and Rice Krispies treats in single servings; cereal and granola bars; and single serve cereal.

If you have any questions, please leave a message on the food pantry’s answering machine for Pat Brown, and I will return your call.

We will again be providing school supplies and backpacks for the students. Distribution of these will occur in August during regularly scheduled food appointments.

Thank you to the community for your continuing support of the Juniata County Food Pantry and its Summer Backpack Program! Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Patricia E. Brown

Coordinator

Summer Backpack Program Juniata County Food Pantry

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