Last year, they had 30 schools signed up, this year it's up to 42 across 14 counties. The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and CDPHP are teaming up again to pack 1,000 backpacks with everything from peanut butter & jelly to cereal, granola bars, pudding, a loaf of bread and an apple.
Throughout the month of December, CDPHP will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. Last year, they had $24,000 in donations for a record $34,000.
They gathered Tuesday at Keane Elementary School in Schenectady with Dr. John Bennett, the Pres. and CEO of CDPHP, and Mark Quandt, Exec. Dir. of the Regional Food Bank.