Food Donations for Backpack Program Show Heart

501a6a7a-ab11-426b-852f-ef51e476f874Last weekend’s  food drive at the Pavilions on Jefferson Boulevard was a smashing success. The heart of screenland got bigger!

Supporters of the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program held the drive Saturday and Sunday, December 13-14. Organized by Leslie Gardner, assisted by Jamie Wallace, with the help from parents and students, program supporters worked from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Over the two days of the drive, $3,755 worth of food was donated by shoppers as well as more than $700 in gift cards and cash donations.

“Much kudos goes to Stanley Hodge, III, assistant manager in charge of fund raising who set up the food drive, gave us valuable tips, arranged an in-store display, and helped us repeatedly all weekend,” said Wallace. “Also, thanks to everyone at Pavilions, from the checkers to the store manager who made everything run smoothly. Thanks, too, to Culver City High School senior and Pavilions employee extraordinaire, Christian Alvarado, who helped us carry items out to the cars, boxed everything so we could carry it, and was an all-around wonderfully helpful person.”

Wallace also commended Adrienne Madrid, who arranged for volunteers and poster-making, and said the group is already planning another food drive after the new year.

The CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program provides food to CCUSD students who may not have access to healthy food during the weekend. Parents and staff work together to identify students in need. Parents and student volunteers at one CCUSD location on Thursdays and fill the backpacks. The backpacks are delivered every Friday to each school for these students to take home anonymously.

Since 2013, the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids program has been serving students at all CCUSD school sites, serving more than 10,000 meals to students throughout the year

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