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Backpacks-To-Go Program

The “Backpacks-to-go” program is organized to benefit children and their families in the Penn-Trafford School District. The “Backpacks-to-Go” program is offered district-wide during the school year. This supplemental nutrition program provides a backpack filled with meals and snacks every other weekend to district children enrolled in the program, made possible through donations from community members, businesses, organizations, and churches in the surrounding area, and PT staff.
If you feel that your child could benefit from receiving a backpack during the 2023-24 school year, please contact Mrs. Traill or Mrs. Popovich.
Mrs. Lauren Traill:  [email protected] or 724-744-2161
Mrs. Lisa Popovich:  [email protected] or 724-744-0302
How can you support the “Backpacks-to-Go” Program to help our students?
  • If you would like to make a monetary donation (donations are tax-deductible), you may donate via PayPal or make checks payable to Penn-Trafford School District (and write backpacks-to-go program on the memo line) and send to:  Penn-Trafford School District, c/o Megan Massarelli, P.O. Box 530, Harrison City, PA 15636
  • To make a gift card donation, food donation, or backpack donation to the program, please contact Mrs. Traill or Mrs. Popovich. 
  • Gift cards to Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Giant Eagle are appreciated. 
  • Food items needed: peanut butter (no larger than 16 oz. plastic jar), peanut butter: single-serving 8 packs, grape jelly (squeezable plastic container), single-serving cereal, small boxes of cereal (for older students), instant oatmeal (single serving packets), single-serving mac and cheese, boxes of mac and cheese, any single-serving pastas in plastic, microwave containers, Chef Boyardee Pasta in easy-open cans: no larger than 15 oz., single-serving cup of noodles, single-serving tuna in a packet, microwave single-serving soups, chunky soup in easy open can single-serving pudding cups (not needing refrigeration), single-serving fruit cups, single-serving mandarin oranges or apple sauce, granola bars, breakfast bars, Pop-Tarts, gummy fruit snacks, microwavable popcorn, single-serving peanut/nut snacks, snack crackers: small 6 cracker size, juice boxes, hot chocolate 
Staff prepares grab-and-go meals JN Photo donated proceeds from 'Front Porch Portraits' to the Backpack Program Community Church Harrison City donated back-to-school supplies