FEED THE CHILDREN AND NAEHCY GIVE BACKPACKS AND SUPPLIES TO STUDENTS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN ARIZONA

Partners to Nourish Minds and Bodies of U.S. Children in Need

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 6, 2012) – On Feb. 7, Feed The Children will provide backpacks and supplies to help students experiencing homelessness in Arizona. The backpacks will be delivered at 8:30 a.m. to Washington Elementary School District Office Warehouse at 4650 W. Sweetwater in Glendale, AZ. The backpacks will be distributed to Homeless Student Liaisons at 9:30 a.m. Students experiencing homelessness in Arizona will receive the backpacks during this school year.

The 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,” says 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 Arizona’s most 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 .

Feed The Children
Since 1979, Feed The Children has consistently ranked as one of the largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Our mission is providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials . In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org 
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