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Free backpacks, food in Capac


Foundations, businesses team up to help families



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August 19, 2009
CAPAC — Recognizing that the need is even greater this year than in the past, plans are underway to double the amount of food given away at the Back to School 2009 event at the Capac Elementary School on August 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CSB Bank and the Four County Community Foundation are co-sponsoring the mobile food pantry truck from Mid-City Nutrition which distributes food to the families who are onsite to receive free backpacks and school supplies for their children.

"The needs are greater now," said Joe Salas, president of CSB Bank and chairperson of the Four County board of trustees.

Last year, at least 750 people were served through the food truck.

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Knowing the need is great, organizers of the Back to School giveaway plan on bringing extra food and backpacks to the Capac event on Friday.

New this year, Salas said frozen foods will be distributed in addition to the regular offerings. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring coolers and other appropriate containers to transport the frozen food.

The Back to School backpack giveaway is organized by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County's Women's Initiative and Port Huron Hospital Foundation.

The community foundation, which collected donations and stuffed the backpacks with supplies, upped their numbers in anticipation of the rising unemployment rate in St. Clair County, Susan Ellerkamp, program officer, said.

Thanks to great partnerships with Meijer stores and Standard Office Supply, Ellerkamp said, the foundation is still able to hand over the bags filled with coloring books, crayons, reading books, paper, pencils and more for only $13 apiece.

The Port Huron Hospital Foundation, which organizes the giveaways, plans to hand out around 600 backpacks in all. They are designated for either preschool, elementary or middle school students, Sara Tait of the foundation said.

The Salvation Army will hand out clothing vouchers and Medilodge of Yale will offer refreshments on site. Tait said the foundation is grateful to Greg McConnell who is supplying golf carts to help participants get the boxes of food to their vehicles.

Adults will need to show proof of residency at the events and the children must be present to receive the supplies.

For more information about the giveaways visit www.stclairfoundation.org

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