Kids Receive Summer Meals, School Supplies
Donors and volunteers helped make CAC summer programs for kids a success providing local children with lunches during summer school vacation and preparing them for back to school with new backpacks filled with school supplies!
With donor support and volunteer manpower CAC provided 700 children in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody with new backpacks custom filled with school supplies per school and grade before the start of school. CAC continues to distribute additional backpacks and school supplies to local schools as needed throughout the school year.
Families in need are grateful for the backpacks which they otherwise may not have been able to provide to their children for the start of school. Children of families that struggle financially often go to school without the necessary tools to learn. Studies show that when kids have school supplies of their own, classroom behavior and grades improve, self-esteem strengthens, and kids develop better attitudes toward school and learning. CAC’s Tools for School program makes it possible for donors to give a child a new backpack with school supplies for just $35 each, a $50 retail cost. Many individuals and groups contributed including grants from foundations, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, UPS, Altrusa, The Packaged Good, Rivercliff Lutheran Church, Moore Stephens Tiller and more. Read more about how giving school supplies helps local working families.
Providing Children More than 10,000 Meals
CAC summer programs for kids addressed food insecurity among local children during the 8-week summer vacation. CAC’s Summer Lunch Bag program assists families who depend on the free school lunch program to have enough food for their children during the school year. CAC distributed 2,086 Summer Lunch Bags containing 5 lunches each, thus providing 10,430 meals to 500 children in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Each child received 4 Summer Lunch Bags, providing for half of the lunches they needed during the summer break, or 20 out of 40 lunches. The program was made possible by the support of many individuals and groups including Kairos Church, Bank of North Georgia, Must Ministries, United Way, Cisco, Focus Grant, National Charity League, CIT and more. CAC provides food to about 500 families a month year-round through the CAC Food Pantry which receives about 1,200 visits a month.
Read more about CAC’s Food Assistance Program.