Backpack Program Centre County YMCA

Backpack Program Centre County YMCA

Backpacks

As part of the coursework in NUTR 456 Community Nutrition, students worked with the Backpack Program of the Centre County YMCA, which provides backpacks of food for the weekend to children that are on the free/reduced lunch program and low-income families. During the course, the students assessed the nutrients in the backpack foods and compared them to nutritional needs of school-age children. School students enrolled in the Backpack Program receive a backpack containing meals and snacks to take home with them for weekend. On Monday, students return their empty backpack to the school so it can be refilled for the following weekend. Examples of food students receive include: cereal, soup, tuna, spaghetti, crackers, fruits and more.

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