July 23, 2013

By Staff

1,200 backpacks needed for students

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to Pee Chees are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a backpack for your student and added the supplies, your receipts probably add up to more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

Now, imagine you are trying to buy backpacks for 1,200 kids and fill them with school supplies. That’s the goal of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, to meet the needs of students whose parents are struggling just to pay for car repair and keep up rent payments. School supplies fall to the bottom of the list.

Cori Walters at the food bank and the collection of like minds at other human service agencies who collectively make up the Nourishing Network are determined to take care of those kids. They expect to spend about $12,000 on school supplies alone — not counting the backpacks.

Last year, the goal was supplies and backpacks for 1,000 students, but a local company provided the backpacks. That saved the group about $20,000. This year, the group is dependent on the generosity of others. Area church congregations are more involved than ever, and the Kiwanis Club and Issaquah Schools Foundation play a big role. Many donations are one backpack at a time.

Your help is needed if ALL kids are going to start school on an equal footing.

A collection of backpacks, supplies and cash is being taken at every Tuesday’s Concert on the Green and at next Friday’s ArtWalk. Jump online to www.issaquahfoodbank.org to make a pledge to donate backpacks or cash, or just drop off your donation at the food bank.

Issaquah, you’ve met bigger needs. This time, step up for the school kids who need you most.


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