Fidelis Care began its involvement with the Regional Food Bank by serving as a sponsor of the Chefs & Vintners’ Harvest Dinner in 2004. It has greatly expanded its role in the last three years by becoming one of the major sponsors of the Food Bank’s BackPack Program. They began by funding a new program at a high need elementary school in Troy. Then through a partnership with WRGB CBS 6, Fidelis created the BackPack Heroes campaign in 2016 by launching a telethon to educate the public about childhood hunger and encourage donations to the BackPack Program to help the Food Bank feed more children in need.
The campaign was a huge success. It raised over $42,000 in its first year and another $43,000 in 2017. That funding is supporting BackPack programs in 11 schools and providing 238 children with backpacks full of food for 30 weekends over two school years. It also brought unprecedented media coverage to the BackPack Program. raising awareness of the program’s important work.
But Fidelis did not stop there. For the 2017-2018 school year, they provided additional support to help BackPack programs in Saratoga, Montgomery, Schoharie, Otseqo, and Essex counties serve 250 more children. They renewed their support for 2018-2019 by providing new backpacks to all part1Cipating schools and are hosting BackPack Heroes again this month.
We are deeply grateful for our good fnends at Fidelis Care. They have fully embraced the mission of the food Bank and our BackPack Program. and are helping improve the health and well-being of hundreds of our most vulnerable children.