OIEP and Feed The Children Project
Feed The Children and West Virginia naehcy partner to deliver backpacks to students
Partnership Committed To Nourishing Minds and Bodies of Children in Need Across America
The backpacks are filled with school supplies, non-perishable food and personal care items and books. Also included in this distribution includes 240 diaper bags, filled with essential baby supplies including feeding utensils, non-perishable food and personal care items and books. H.E.L.P., Homeless Education and Literacy Program, an outreach program of Feed The Children, has partnered with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) to distribute backpacks to children in need.
Feed The Children distributed 80,000 backpacks across the nation during the 2007-2008 school year and plans to distribute 100,000 in 2008-2009 school year.
“We believe in the power of education to reduce and reverse the cycle of poverty,” says Larry Jones, president and co-founder of Feed The Children. “Providing homeless school children with ‘survival items’ such as school supplies, hygiene items and food help meet immediate physical needs. It also helps secure our long-term hope for these children: that they will excel at school and eventually break free from a life of poverty.”
About Feed The ChildrenFounded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is an international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2006, Feed The Children distributed more than 129 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing more than 730,000 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.
Posted:November 14, 2008