Local Group In National Spotlight

Published 07/11 2014 11:09PM

Updated 07/11 2014 11:32PM

ALTOONA - Four years ago, Heather Little and her husband started the Mountain Lion Backpack Program.
They wanted to help kids in the Altoona Area School District have enough food, not just during the school week, but also over the weekend.
"We started out with 100 kids, the following year we were feeding 240 and this past year we fed 400," said Little.
They currently provide food to kids in two of the eight Altoona elementary schools, and are looking to expand to serve them all.
And they may be getting some help from Roslyn S. Jaffe Award. It's a national competition that is looking to give $100,000 to a community program that's helping women and children.
Little said the money would be nice, because it would help them feed one thousand more students, allowing them to reach 50% more of their target goal.
But being in the running for the grand prize is about more than just the money.
"I'm very grateful to have someone from the outside looking in and say 'what's happening in Altoona is awesome,' because all of these people are putting this together, they're making it work, and they're working hard,” said Little. “And I think it's a recognition of that. It's a recognition of a caring community."
The winner is expected to be announced by September.
On July 27, the group is holding a bowling fundraiser at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center. For more information, click here.

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