‘Backpack Heroes’ Fights Childhood Hunger in the Capital Region
Timothy Tilton, Director of Marketing (left) is interviewed by Liz Bishop of CBS6 Albany as Fidelis Care staff members help out at one of
four telethons held each Wednesday in September.
When classes dismiss each Friday in the Capital Region, many school-aged children leave for the weekend not knowing where they will get their next meal.
This school year, more than 230 Capital Region children will not have to endure this problem, thanks to the Backpack Heroes initiative, a partnership between Fidelis Care, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and WRGB-TV (CBS 6 Albany).
“Backpack Heroes,” a month-long fundraising event to honor September as Hunger Action Month, helps the Food Bank fight weekend hunger in local communities. The initiative provides children in need with backpacks full of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to eat throughout the weekend.
The cost to support one child for an entire school year is $183–so the more money raised, the more children we can help during the school year, and beyond.
This year, our Backpack Heroes initiative raised nearly $43,000: enough to provide more than 230 children with weekend backpacks for an entire year.
The September campaign may be over, but the Backpack Heroes initiative continues.
We invite local residents, organizations, and businesses to make monetary donations to the Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program so the Food Bank may provide more food to more students in need. Visit CBS 6 Albany’s Backpack Heroes webpage to make a donation.