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!