Lee County schools were the beneficiary today of 100,000 pounds of school supplies provided by customers of area Publix Super Markets and stored at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers warehouse.
The pallets full of boxes of paper, tablets, crayons, pens and pencils, glue and pocket folders were loaded from the warehouse into vans, cars and other vehicles by teachers, principals and other staff.
Volunteers from Publix and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties were there to help, along with our own warehouse employees. Everyone was all smiles as they worked.
The supplies are going to 50 mostly Title I schools in the district, said Annette Tartaglia, intervention specialist for the Lee County School System. Students at Title I schools live at or below the poverty level. “This is a fantastic program,” she said. “It really helps with the school supplies,” as well as school/community collaboration, she said.
Cliff Smith, president of the United Way of Lee, Hendry Glades and Okeechobee counties, stopped by to check out the activity. “The Publix School Supply program is just another example of the way Publix and Publix employees care about the community,” he said. “Another cool aspect about the program is the United Way’s partnership with Harry Chapin (Food Bank)” to distribute the supplies more efficiently, he said.
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