|Volunteers pack school supplies for Our Daily Bread's Collect for Kids program.|
This is the fourth year that ODB is collaborating with Kids R First, Fairfax County Public Schools, the Fairfax County Office of Public-Private Partnerships, and a variety of local non-profit organizations to purchase high-quality school supplies at a deeply discounted rate through a partnership with the county’s Collect for Kids program.
Through this program, ODB will be able to provide all the supplies a student needs for approximately $15 per student (and often $10 or less for elementary students). Those same supplies would cost at least $40 if purchased in a stores.
Last year’s ODB’s Collect for Kids Back to School Program helped 1,500 needy children in the Stuart and Fairfax pyramids. ODB upped its goal to 2,000 children this year due to overwhelming demand.
Overall, 47,000 FCPS students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. “Their parents are struggling to put food on the table, and the prospect of finding funds for school supplies is stressful for them,” says ODB Executive Director Lisa Whetzel. “We hope the community will respond generously to ensure that children whose families are in crisis are able to return to school this fall with all the tools they need to succeed in the new school year.”
For the third year in a row, the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads is partnering with ODB to help fund and deliver supplies to Bailey’s Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School, and Stuart High School.
Other sponsors for the 2014 Collect for Kids Back to School program include the International Monetary Fund Civic Program, the Rotary Club of Annandale, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, and Fairfax County History Commission.
Community members interested in helping can make a donation on ODB’s website or mail a check to 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030.
New backpacks and new or gently used scientific calculators can be donated, too. They can be brought to ODB’s offices through Aug. 12, Mondays through Fridays, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or dropped off at participating Sweet Frog stores during the month of July.
Backpacks and calculators can also be ordered and shipped directly to ODB through “wish lists” on Amazon and Dollar Days. For more information on donating or sponsoring the program, contact Dawn Sykes at 703-273-8829 or holiday@ODBFairfax.org.
The public may also support the Collect for Kids Back to School Program by placing a catering order with Zoë’s Kitchen Fairfax to be delivered July 20 through 26 or by mentioning Our Daily Bread when purchasing frozen yogurt at participating Sweet Frog stores from July 7-10, 3 p.m. to closing. Our Daily Bread will receive a percentage of sales from both offers.