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Thank You!

Thank you for your interest in helping provide over 1,000 Altoona Area Elementary students with essential nutrition out of school. One of the most essential volunteer roles in the program is helping to pack food items each week to send home. We can accommodate individuals or groups over the age of 8 (children under the age of 8 are welcome to come but may not be able to participate in packing). Packing is held every Thursday throughout the school year, unless there is no school Friday. in those cases packing nights are the night before the last day of school that week. 

Packing begins at the warehouse at 5pm.  Please arrive early, so we are ready to start at 5pm.  The warehouse is the former Butterick Building, 2900 Beale Avenue, Altoona.  We are located at the end of the warehouse closest to 29th Street with a set of docks.  Please enter the door there by the docks.

How to sign Up

To sign yourself or your group up for a packing date simply click on the desired packing day, click SIGN UP link, and complete volunteer form. For groups a volunteer form must be completed for each member of the group (children under 18 please have guardian complete). 

2023 Packing Schedule

Packing Volunteer Information

In the event of schedule changes, announcements will be made on the Mountain Lion BackPack Program Facebook page and all group leaders will be notified.  This schedule will only change in the event of changes to the school calendar from the school district or inclement weather.

Health & Safety

For the health and safety of our volunteers if you are not feeling well, are sick, have  tested positive for COVID, please wait until another day to volunteer when you are feeling better.

If you have any questions please contact Billie Egan at 814-946-3651, or David Aboud at 814-650-4300, or email

Other Ways to Make an Impact

Food Drives

Hold a food drive to collect donations of frequently packed items including: Chef Boyaredee canned pasta, cracker packs, applesauce cups, cereal cups/bowls, cereal bars, Knorr rice packs, 100% juice boxes, pudding cups, ramen noodles, fruit cups, macaroni and cheese. 


Your donation of $200 will support feeding a student for the entire school year.

Host an Event

We are always seeking community partners to host events and assist in fundraising efforts. Does your organization offer a round up program, or benefit nights? We would love to get involved!

 Raise Awareness

Follow us on Social Media and help spread the word how to get involved! 

Please do not leave donations of food or goods at our warehouse. All donation drop offs need to be coordinated with a staff member to ensure someone is present to accept donations.

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