Feed the Children and Naehcy give backpacks and supplies to homeless students | Community Spirit
Polk County, Fla. -- On Feb. 21, Feed The Children will provide backpacks and supplies to Pasco County Public Schools and Polk County Schools.
A shipment of 960 backpacks will be delivered to the Distribution Warehouse for Pasco County, 7301 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes at 8 a.m. A second shipment of 960 backpacks will be delivered to the Jim Miles Professional Building in Lakeland, 5204 U.S. Hwy. 98 South at approximately 11 a.m.
The backpacks will be distributed at a later date to students experiencing homelessness in 15 regional counties.The total distribution includes 1,920 backpacks filled with:• school supplies • non-perishable food • essentials (items such as toothpaste, deodorant and combs) • children’s books
H.E.L.P., Homeless Education and Literacy Program, an outreach program of Feed The Children, has partnered with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) to distribute backpacks to children in need. Through a partnership with SchoolKidz, a proud business unit of Staples® Inc., Feed The Children plans to distribute 150,000 backpacks for the 2011-2012 school year.
“The goal of our backpack program is to nourish both the minds and bodies of impoverished children, so they can reach their potential in the classroom,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. “NAEHCY continues to show its dedication to this mission to care for the physical, emotional and educational needs of Florida’s vulnerable citizens.”
To learn more about our backpack program and breaking the cycle of poverty through Feed The Children’s focus to F.E.E.D. (Food, Education, Essentials and Disaster Relief), please visit www.FeedTheChildren.org/Education.