Identifying a need in Upper Darby

On the last Friday of the month, several support staffers from Upper Darby schools head over to Christ Lutheran Church where kids in grades 1 through 8 attend the After-School BLAST Program to get homework help, enjoy game time, and take part in service projects.

Their mission is to fill drawstring backpacks with cereal, juice, tuna fish, milk, produce, and more for the Upper Darby kids to take home with them for the weekend.

Upper Darby Afterschool Food Program 1

The volunteers are members of the Upper Darby Education Support Professionals Association. Last month, they started partnering with local food bank Philabundance to distribute backpacks of healthy food to kids who take part in the after-school program.

Denise Kennedy, vice president of the Association, said they decided to distribute the food on the last weekend of the month because families living at or near the poverty line often deplete public benefits, such as SNAP, before the month ends.

"It was awesome," Kennedy said of the first distribution day in February. "Every single kid said thank you. It wasn't like somebody reminded them to say it. They just said thank you."




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