No Kid Hungry Program Is Working in Middletown


Backpacks; The Middletown Lions Club; and the Interfaith Food Pantry are all a part of the success story. The No Kid Hungry Program is now in it’s third year of helping children in Middletown.   Pictured are Middletown Lions Club President Deborah Shembeda and Lions member Robert Foglia getting ready to distribute the backpacks.

Each week backpacks are filled with kid accessible meals and snacks including things such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, pudding cups, fruit cups, nutrition bars, self-stable milk, juice boxes, cereal and more.  Currently 48 backpacks are distributed weekly through the four Middletown elementary schools.


Lions Club members and other volunteers fill the backpacks.  Cost is $8 to $10 per weekly backpack.  Last year 996 backpacks were distributed.

Girl Scouts help with backpacks

Nineteen Girl Scouts from Middletown Troops 113, 620, and 781 and 6 of their leaders recently helped fill the backpacks.  Each young lady donated an appropriate food item.

The backpacks are taken home on Friday afternoons enabling children to eat throughout the weekend, a time when otherwise they are likely to go hungry.

The No Kid Hungry campaign is a national program which has a simple goal– ending childhood hunger in America.


For information on how you can help the local grass roots end of the program you can contact, Glenice Foglia, on the right in the above picture,  Secretary of the  Middletown Lions Club at 845-343-5508, P.O. Box 122, Middletown, NY 10940.

Glenice says you can make a monetary donation and non-perishable food items which can be used in the backpacks are appreciated.

The Interfaith Food Pantry is located at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Mission at 58 West Main Street in Middletown, NY 10940.  845-343-4425 (Mission)   Millie Rivera-Velez is the Director, on the left in the picture above.

By Arthur Livesey.   FYI Art is the publisher of this website, and has been a Middletown Lions Club member for more than 35 years.   He’s also a past president of the club.   


  1. Lion Dave Bechtle says:

    Great article on great program for youth of Middletown area !

  2. Maryann Fitzgerald says:

    Awesome article! Keep up great work Middletown lions

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