ATLANTA, GA., – Americold and Feed the Children are providing 500 backpacks to students at Seaborn Lee Elementary School (4600 Scarborough Road) Tues., Feb. 9 from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The event, sponsored by Americold, involved 300 of the company’s associates building the backpacks for distribution. The backpacks will afford local Atlanta, GA, students an equal opportunity to succeed in the classroom, creating a brighter future for those who otherwise may not have had enough to continue in school.
Each backpack built during the event contains school supplies and basic hygiene essentials. Dozens/hundreds of similar backpack builds are happening around the country in conjunction with Feed the Children’s H.E.L.P., Homeless Education and Literacy Program, and this is Americold’s second program contribution.
In the United States, more than one million students are considered homeless. The issue is too big to tackle alone. Because of likeminded corporate, church, and homeless liaison partners, Feed the Children’s H.E.L.P. and backpack builds are able to reach homeless children in every state across the nation.
“In our first year of partnership, we’re proud to have ‘pick ‘n’ packed’ 500 backpacks with school supplies for Atlanta children, and donated more than $30,000 in food transportation services with 20 full semitruck loads supporting the Home Front Harvest and Feed the Children summer meal programs. In all, we’ve enabled more than one million pounds of donated food to get to more than 5,000 deserving families,” said Fred Boehler, Americold’s President and CEO. “In our second year of partnership, we’re aiming to better that, starting today with almost 300 of our associates donating their time to put together hundreds of packs with much-needed school supplies to help children in the local community. It’s been a lot of fun and very rewarding for all of us.”
“We are always delighted when local organizations form partnerships with our schools to enhance student learning. Not only are you providing a gift that is useful right now, you are also inspiring students – through your story – to think about the future,” said Kenneth Zeff, Interim Superintendent for Fulton County Schools. “We appreciate Feed the Children and Americold sponsoring this donation of backpacks for our Seaborn Lee Elementary School students and look forward to collaborating more in the future.”
“Since the launch of our H.E.L.P. program in 2006, Feed the Children has distributed more than 772,000 backpacks to homeless students in America,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children President and CEO. “It’s because of partners like Americold that this vital effort is possible. Together, we can help these children succeed and work toward the greater goal of breaking the cycle of poverty.”
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster response. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).
In fiscal year 2016, through its domestic and international programs, Feed the Children distributed 105 million pounds of food and essentials worldwide with a total value of $415 million, working with partner agencies to benefit 5.9 million people globally. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and is rated by Charity Navigator.
Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.