Sponsor a child

The Backpack Project Launches “Sponsor a Child” Campaign at MMI Door

Sept. 20 – SIDMAN, Pa. – Ethan Kabler, chief operating officer at MMI Door, said one of the company’s core values ​​is to invest in people.

That’s why the company has pledged to sponsor five more local children through the Cambria County Backpacking Project.

“I know we’re going to engage in more sponsorships,” he said. “We don’t stop.”

Project representatives and members of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors presented a sign and worksite certificate Monday to Kabler and MMI Door employees in recognition of their support at a special event in launch of the “Sponsor a Child” campaign.

“MMI Doors has been a big supporter of the backpack project,” said CCBP Director Kristen Villarrial.

This is the second year that the Sidman Society has participated in the campaign and now has up to 10 children sponsored through the program.

Employees also helped prepare bags for the organization, and MMI frequently shares information about the Cambria County Backpack Project on its social media accounts.

Kabler said tackling child hunger is important to the company, as is community involvement.

Local businesses can feed a child every weekend during the school year for $200 through the “Sponsor a Child” campaign.

CCBP takes these funds and creates a backpack full of nutritious food that is distributed to young people to feed them on days when they are not in class.

Abby Gerlach, coordinator of the backpacking project, said the program covers all school districts in Cambria County except for two that have implemented a similar initiative.

Three of these schools – Northern Cambria, Penn Cambria and Portage Area – have just been added.

Gerlach said that this year, organizers plan to feed about 500 students across the county with these additions.

Having business partners, such as MMI, makes this possible, especially with the recent increase in grocery costs.

“It helps a lot,” Gerlach said.

Last year, the Backpack Project distributed more than 57,000 meals over 38 weekends to nearly 400 children.

One in five children in Cambria County is food insecure, and 16% of middle-aged children in the region admit they will work, they will run out of food before their families get the money to buy more, according to information from the backpack project.

For more information about the campaign, contact Villarrial at [email protected] or 814-262-0732, ext. 247.

Villarrial said she hopes businesses will follow MMI Door’s lead in sponsoring local children.

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