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Feed The Children And NAEHCY Give Backpacks And Supplies To Students Experiencing Homelessness And Hunger In New Orleans
Partners to Nourish Minds and Bodies of U.S. Children in Need
NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 24, 2012) – On Feb. 27, Feed The Children will provide backpacks and supplies to New Orleans Public Schools. The backpacks will be delivered to Lake Forest Church at 8821 Morrison Rd. at 8 a.m. The backpacks will be distributed at 9 a.m. to homeless student liaisons. The Backpacks will be distributed to students experiencing homelessness throughout the 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 Louisiana’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 .
About Feed The Children
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children’s mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. A BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity, Feed The Children is one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal every day. Here in the U.S., nearly 10 million people receive assistance each year from food and supplies distributed through over 1,200 local partner agencies.
For more information, please visit www.FeedTheChildren.org.
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