OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As school districts around the U.S. continue to assess safety measures and make the move to in-person instruction, virtual instruction or a combination of both learning environments, families are facing the reality that the new school year will look dramatically different. Even as many classrooms transition to fulltime virtual instruction, students and teachers are still lacking the materials needed for proper development. Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger by distributing food, essentials and resources for teachers and students, looks to stand in that gap by providing important school supplies through its Teacher Store locations across the U.S.
"There's a lot of uncertainty around the start of the fall semester and we want to ease the burden for thousands of students, teachers and parents," said Gary Sloan, Chief Domestic Operations Officer for Feed the Children. "When Feed the Children opened its first Teacher Store location in 2010, we dedicated ourselves to providing school-age children with the educational resources needed to help break the cycle of poverty. Even with the rise of the current pandemic, our mission remains the same. It may look slightly different, but we will continue to serve our hard-working teachers as they meet their students where they are and work towards the hope of a brighter future."
Feed the Children's Teacher Store locations were created as a resource for educators, providing classroom resources, school supplies, books and even snacks at absolutely no cost to teachers in school districts that provide free and reduced meal rate to more than 50% of their students. With so many children and families still waiting to receive federal relief through the Pandemic EBT program, in addition to the more than 11% of the population who is still unemployed, paying for school supplies will most likely be a heavy burden for millions of families, leaving teachers to reach even deeper into their own pockets to purchase the basic items necessary for learning.
This year's back to school list might look a lot different than in the past, combining basic school items with supplies for proper sanitation to prevent the spread of the virus. Whether a child starts the school year virtually or in-person, it is important to make sure they have the resources needed for success. In order to keep children healthy and focused on learning, Feed the Children offers the following tips on best practices for the new school year:
Following current CDC recommendations on large gatherings and social distancing, Feed the Children's Teacher Store locations in Oklahoma City, Okla., Elkhart, Ind., Bethlehem, Penn., and La Vergne, Tenn., have postponed reopening to after Labor Day. Upon reopening, the stores will institute new safety and sanitation procedures to ensure all patrons feel comfortable as they shop. In the meantime, Feed the Children continues to explore various ways it can reach teachers who need supplies now - outside of them visiting the physical Teacher Store locations. The nonprofit is working with community partners to deliver backpacks and school supplies to thousands of students as well as hosting pop-up Teacher Store locations while following social distancing practices with limited numbers of shoppers in attendance.
About Feed the Children
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.
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