The Kids in Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to school children and teachers in need, recently added Pencils & Paper in Rochester and The CORE Store in Plano, Texas, to its national network of resource centers.
The new additions bring the number of affiliates in the network to 41 centers. Network inclusion is by evaluation only, and is based on the center’s stability and efficiency.
Pencils & Paper is a service program through Jewish Family Service of Rochester. The CORE Store is run through the Plano Independent School District Education Foundation.
“Pencils & Paper and The CORE Store are two centers making an impact in their communities,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids in Need Foundation. “Their service models closely align with that originally designed by Kids in Need, and we are proud to be able to help them serve students most in need.
Affiliates serve schools in their local areas where high percentages of students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. Although typically located in warehouses or similar environments, the facilities are set up the same as a retail store where teachers buy supplies for their students or classrooms. The difference is that there is no charge for any of the school supplies or teaching aids.
Pencils & Paper is eligible to receive school supplies donated to the Kids in Need Foundation by manufacturers and retailers for redistribution to high-need students, teachers and schools. Kids in Need has distributed more than $900 million worth of school supplies to centers in the network since its founding in 1995. The network provides school and classroom supplies to 5.4 million students and 200,000 teachers annually.
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