LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Schools throughout southwest Louisiana received hundreds of boxes of backpacks, food, and books from the Feed the Children organization on Tuesday at the Calcasieu School Board Rosteet Annex.
Feed the Children, a non-profit relief organization, delivered a truckload of 4 pallets (960) of middle school backpacks and 4 pallets (960) of elementary backpacks for a total of 1,920 backpacks. There are 8 pallets of food bags for a total to match the number of backpacks. Calcasieu Parish will receive 4 pallets of books.
Other parishes that will be receiving these supplies include Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis and Vermillion, plus LAHECY (Louisiana Association for the Education of Homeless Children).
Each parish will select a group of low income students throughout their district to distribute the donations.
"We have a very large population of unaccompanied youth in Calcasieu Parish," said Carolyn Toups, Federal Programs Coordinator for Calcasieu Parish. "So we're going to give them some relief for a short time anyway."
The distribution is something employees with the Federal Program department in Calcasieu Parish feel is essential to they're well-being as a student.
"You should see the kids faces when they receive the backpacks and the school supplies," said Mary Lavergne, an employee of CPSB Federal Programs. "This is something they need to sustain themselves not only for that day, but also for the future."
The Title X McKinney Vento in Calcasieu Parish is always looking for donations and distributions for the schools.
If you are interested, feel free to contact their office at (337) 217-4170.