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Monday, July 11, 2016

Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank desperately needs school supplies

Here's how you can help.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

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  • Back-to-school shopping is a lot more fun when you're doing it to help other people.

Feed Nova Scotia isn’t the only charitable organization in dire of donations this summer.

A “dramatic increase” in low-income families has the Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank asking HRM businesses and residents for help meeting the demand for school supplies come September.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of people coming to us for help with food this year, so we anticipate that this will also mean an increase in those needing help with school supplies,” program coordinator Cynthia Louis writes in a press release. “We’re calling on individuals and local businesses to start holding school supplies drives or donate financially to help meet the demand.”

Parker Street has been helping low-income families with school supplies for the last nine years, and demand is already outpacing supply. Last year, the organization says 750 families registered for its Back to School program—about 50 more than the organization was expecting.

Louis writes that it costs $50 for all the school supplies needed by an elementary student, but that price can jump as high as $150 for junior high students who often need calculators and USB drives.

If you’d like to help, donations can be arranged by email, by phoning 902-425-2125 (ext. 205) or by going here. The food and furniture bank will be accepting cash and school supplies until August 28 to get everything ready before classes begin on September 6. 

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