The South Plains Food Bank marks the start of a new school year with the kickoff of its annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign.
The drive is designed to gather and distribute necessary school supplies to children whose families need help providing them.
School supplies or cash donations will be collected August 11th through 18th at all United Supermarkets in Lubbock.
Among the man items needed:
To be eligible, students must attend schools in Lubbock County. Vouchers for supplies will be handed our during open-house programs -- usually held the week before classes begin (between August 20 and 24) at individual schools. Parents are urged to call the schools their children attend to get exact dates.
School principals or secretaries will screen requests and hand out vouchers. Only one voucher will be needed for all the children, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in one household.
Vouchers will be taken to a tent outside the South Plains Food Bank at 4612 Locust Avenue.
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, August 24th at 9am, distribution of supplies will continue until 4pm, and then resume August 27-31 from 9am to 4pm.
Officials point out that $10 will provide school supplies for one child. $250 will provide supplies for an entire classroom.
Last year, "Stuff the Bus" provided supplies to 3,127 children. This year's goal is 3,500.
Since 1991, the South Plains Food Bank has helped to prepare 23,564 students for the first days of school.
During "Stuff the Bus" week, the South Plains Food Bank will provide enrollment for food stamps, medicaid, and the chips insurance program.
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