PRESS RELEASE: No Kid Hungry Pennsylvania Promotes School Meal Programs during the pandemic and supports districts efforts to reach all students

December 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 16, 2020

Contact: Eleni Towns, etowns@strength.org

No Kid Hungry Pennsylvania Promotes School Meal Programs during the pandemic and supports districts efforts to reach all students

WashingtonDC: As part of No Kid Hungry’s continuing effort to ensure all children in Pennsylvania remain nourished and healthy, the campaign announced today an additional $1,117,315 in grants to 40 school districts to support school meal programs this year

“School meals are available to students across Pennsylvania no matter if they are learning remotely or participating in a hybrid model,” says Eleni Towns, associate director for the No Kid Hungry campaign. “We at No Kid Hungry are in awe of the phenomenal work of school nutrition staff. They have been at the front lines of this pandemic, working creatively and diligently to reach all of their students by offering curbside pickup meals, delivering meals to bus stops or community centers, collaborating with community groups to offer additional family food boxes, and more.”  

Below are the most recent recipients of the 2020 NKH Grants from across the state of Pennsylvania, with funds totaling over $1.4 this year. Take a look at the map below to learn more information about the grantees across the commonwealth 


  • Homer Center School District 
  • Blue Ridge School District 
  • Warrior Run School District 
  • Conemaugh Valley School District 
  • Allegheny Valley School District 
  • South Allegheny School District 
  • Pottsville Area School District 
  • Butler Area School District 
  • Sharon City School District 
  • Hempfield School District 
  • Washington School District 
  • Ephrata Area School District 
  • C.B. Community Schools 
  • Keystone Central School District 
  • Hanover Area School District 
  • Shade Central City School City 
  • Northwood Academy Charter School 
  • York City School District 
  • Columbia Borough School District 
  • Brownsville Area School District 
  • Pleasant Valley School District 
  • Steelton-Highspire School District 
  • DuBois Area School District 
  • Panther Valley School District 
  • School District of Philadelphia 
  • La Academia Partnership Charter School 
  • Woodland Hills School District 
  • Mastery Charter High School 
  • New Kensington-Arnold School District  
  • Rochester Area School District 
  • McKeesport Area School District 
  • North Penn School District 
  • School District of Lancaster 
  • Greater Johnstown School District 
  • Crispus Attucks Youthbuild Charter School 
  • Bethlehem Area School District 
  • Propel Schools 
  • Big Beaver Falls Area School District 
  • Oil City Area School District

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Household Pulse Survey, nearly 12 million parents and caregivers across our nation said that their children didn’t have enough to eat because their families couldn’t afford it. Nearly 415,000 of those are right here in Pennsylvania. 

Despite the extraordinary need, many children are missing out on school meals. Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877 877 to learn more about meal site options available near them and should reach out to their local school district for information on how to collect school meals. 

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About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org