North Hills Senior High Students Collect 50 Boxes of Food for Backpack Initiative

The food drive will benefit approximately 150 families.

North Hills Senior High School students in conjunction with the National Honor Society collected more than 50 boxes of food for the North Hills Backpack Initiative. 

Approximately 35 students distributed 1,500 plastic bags throughout numerous West View and Ross Township neighborhoods in the past few weeks. Homeowners and businesses filled their bags with non-perishable food donations to benefit the district program, and students collected each bag.  

The drive encouraged donors to contribute Thanksgiving items for a special package that will be given to approximately 150 families throughout five district buildings to make their holiday a little easier this Thanksgiving break.   

Nearly one in four North Hills School District students qualifies for the National School Lunch, which assures that eligible students receive free lunch and breakfast on school days. For many area families and 31 million children across the nation, securing meals during the weekend can prove to be difficult. Due to those difficulties, the North Hills Backpack Initiative was started last school year by

The program operates on donations and an estimated 36,000 food items will be required this year for local families in need as 1,000 items are distributed weekly. Approximately 150 North Hills School District families in five district buildings rely upon the program each week for individual care packages and family-size bags of food packed by North Hills students.

For a list of suggestion donation items, click here. Donations boxes are available every day at all district buildings and will be accepted at all NHSD Music Department concerts this year. 

Monetary donations also are accepted and can be sent to North Hills Junior High School, Attn: Backpack Initiative, 55 Rochester Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15229. Make checks payable to North Hills Foundation and include “Backpack Initiative” in the memo line.

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