August 27, 2020
Windsor, ON – United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County wrapped up the Summer Eats for Kids program and hosted its Backpacks for Success backpack pick-up on August 25 and 27. Over 1,500 backpacks were handed out to families with school aged children in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor and Leamington.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused further financial distress for the most vulnerable in our community. The Backpack for Success Program, ensures that children have the supplies they need to be successful in school. Children in Kindergarten through grade 12 received a backpack filled with grade-appropriate supplies.Due to the incredible demand gift cards were handed out to those who were not able to receive a backpack.
“Providing kids with back to school supplies increases classroom participation, attendance and student morale,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “Most importantly, having the supplies they need gives kids the confidence to succeed in school. School is going to look very different this year, but families shouldn’t have to worry about their kids having the supplies they need whether they are attending class in person or virtually.”
The Backpacks for Success program has been generously supported by Farrow Ltd. Backpack donations were contributed by Fortis Group, Plantscape, The Kiwanis Club of Windsor, ENWIN, BASF, Staples and Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority. CUPE 82 and City of Windsor redeployed employees supported the collection and packaging of the backpacks for this program at the WFCU Centre.
Summer Eats for Kids Program a huge success
August 25 and 27 were also the last two days for the United Way’s Summer Eats for Kids program which provided over 4,500 food boxes to kids and families this summer. Approximately 70 volunteers helped to hand out the food boxes, as well as books that were collected throughout the summer by the United Way’s Women United group. Over 5,000 books were collected through the drive and handed out to children to encourage reading over the summer months.
The Summer Eats for Kids program was generously sponsored by FCA Canada. Summer Eats “Hero for a Day” sponsors, who contributed $2,500 or more include Sal Albano and the team at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Windsor Port Authority and Liuna!625. Special thank you to Harvey Strosburg and Strosburg Sasso Sutts LLP for their continued support of the program.
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