OKLAHOMA CITY (June 10, 2019) Feed the Children is asking businesses throughout Oklahoma to sign up to gather school supplies for the nonprofit’s Teacher Store during its Supply Our Schools (S.O.S.) initiative.

“There is a great need for these supplies in classrooms across Oklahoma and this initiative will allow businesses to collect school supplies that will benefit students in their local community,” said Kevin Richardson, director of special markets at Feed the Children.

The average educator spends $500 per school year to provide students with the tools needed to succeed. However, Feed the Children helps ease the financial burden by supplying classroom supplies and books at no cost to educators in Title I schools through its Teacher Store. In fiscal year 2018, Feed the Children’s Oklahoma City Teacher Store hosted 297,467 visits from educators across the state.

“The Teacher Store is really important to my classroom. Where I teach is a poverty area, so all the things I get are things we’ll need…I have students that come without supplies, but by coming here I’m able to let those kids have supplies, not embarrass them, not make them feel left out,” said Kimberly, an educator in Oklahoma.

The supplies collected by area businesses will stay in the communities where they are gathered. Interested businesses are encouraged to sign up at feedthechildren.org/supplyourschools by June 15. Participating businesses will receive a Starter Kit filled with resources to help them get their promotional efforts off the ground. The campaign will run July 1 – July 31.

About Feed the Children

At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 8 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.