July 20th marked the opening of Kids In Need for the 2015/2016 school year. Kids In Need is a “free store for teachers” that was founded in 2000 by the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The program provides school supplies to teachers from schools where 80% of students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program.
Betty Dowling volunteers in our Kids In Need school supply store several days a week. After 37 years as an educator at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Dowling began to dedicate her time to volunteering. Since her first shift in 2013, Dowling has served as an essential team leader in our KIN program as a leader and managing the day-to-day tasks as part of the program. Here's her view on Kids In Need and volunteering.
Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Publix Super Markets have teamed to provide free school supplies to teachers and students in need across metro Atlanta.
The partnership was officially launched at a July 17 joint press conference. The new effort will support ACFB’s Kids In Need (KIN) program. KIN provides brand new, free school supplies to teachers at public schools in its 17 district service area where at least 80% of the students have access to the Federal free or reduced meal program.
Being a kid, you probably dreaded going back to school, but loved getting school supplies. They were always a sign of a fresh year; a fresh start. But it’s possible that if your parents have a hard time getting the budget to stretch for food, they have a hard time getting school supplies too. Not only that, teachers often find themselves purchasing supplies out of their pocket to help keep the classroom stocked. Our Kids In Need school supply distribution program helps to change that.
This week, we’ve asked our staff who utilize volunteers daily to write a small post about why volunteers are so important to the Food Bank and to their program. From Barbara Overton and the Kids In Need team:
Volunteers are the GLUE that keeps Kids In Need together!
Thank you to the members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for supporting Kids In Need over the last 10+ years. This Sorority and these women have certainly found the “fountain of youth” by serving others!
Mrs. Rosa Craig and her sister, both in their 90s, dropped off 86 pounds of school supplies and a cash donation today. This donation was collected by local members of Mrs. Craig’s sorority - Zeta Phi Beta. Judy Stamps with Mrs. Craig (left) and her sister (right) is pictured above. This is an amazing tradition of support - don’t you think?
Back-to-school shopping can prove to be too much of a financial burden for many families. In an effort to meet students’ needs, our Kids In Need (KIN) program allows teachers from qualified schools to shop for new supplies for free. “I am proud to be able to offer my students items they may not be able to afford otherwise,” said Donnie Dailey from Banneker High School. “The supplies give my students a sense of belonging, a feeling that they have the tools other students have in order to be successful.” Dailey has shopped with KIN for the past seven years.
Last year, we started turning our annual report into a video. It seemed to us that not only did we enjoy it, you did too. So, without further ado, check out what was accomplished with your help in 2011!