Annual Back to School Drive

Annual Back to School Drive June 10, 2022 12:01 pm

Lunch Break is once again sponsoring its annual Back to School Drive, benefiting hundreds of financially-insecure schoolchildren, from June 12th to Aug. 20th, 2022.

Each year during the annual Community Picnic at Count Basie Field in Red Bank, upwards of 600 backpacks containing school supplies are distributed to families without the financial means to adequately prepare their children for the upcoming school term. This year’s Community Picnic will take place from 9 2:30 p.m. at Count Basie Field and will feature healthy nutritional picnic fare in accordance with Lunch Break’s Nutrition Initiative Healthy Together, games for all ages, and the annual softball championship, all free of charge to community members.

Having the required school supplies not only helps to raise a child’s self-esteem, it equips them with the tools necessary for a successful learning experience.

Those who would like to donate backpacks and school supplies, including pens and pencils, looseleaf binders and paper, erasers, pencil cases, highlighters, among other traditional items, may do so from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 20th to Aug. 12th, 2022 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank.

“We are grateful to our generous community for helping us to prepare our children for a successful school year. Every child, no matter his or her financial situation, deserves a chance to succeed. These necessary supplies are among the ways we can motivate our youth to engage in the learning experience,” says Executive Director Gwendolyn Love.

For more information, please contact Youth Director Marcel Quinones,, (732) 747-8577, Ext. 3011.

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