All too often, many students don’t have the school supplies — pens, paper, notebooks and more — that they need to succeed in school. This year the need is even greater as many families continue to navigate the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are helping move communities forward and Supporting Our Schools with a backpack and school supplies donation drive to benefit K-12 students in the Bay Area.
Supporting Our Schools is a nationwide school supply drive spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Stations. NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are working with Family Giving Tree and Comcast to help collect supplies and funds that will help students and teachers in need.
The 22 Comcast Xfinity stores throughout the Bay Area will serve as backpack collection sites. Click here to see a list of Comcast Xfinity stores near you.
Whether education happens in the home or in a classroom, one thing is certain: if students don't have the supplies to do the work, it will be difficult for them to learn. For thousands of children from underserved families, school supplies are scarce necessities. You can make a difference for so many in need. Donate to provide backpacks and school supplies and make an impact in Bay Area kids' education today.
This year, approximately 200 qualifying schools throughout the Bay Area are slated to receive backpacks through the program. For many of their students, these fully stocked backpacks will be the only resource available to start a new school year, possibly still distance-learning at home, with the tools and confidence they need to succeed.
In 2020, NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48 and Family Giving Tree collected 1,856 backpacks that were distributed to Bay Area schools for students eligible for the free school meal program.
We’ll be sharing stories through the end of July from the Bay Area and beyond to raise awareness about different ways to help students and teachers move forward and thrive.
HOW TO DONATE:
IN PERSON: Drop off your donation of a backpack or school supplies in person on Friday, July 16 at Jamba in Mountain View (1037 El Monte Ave) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m and receive a free slice of pizza from Pizza My Heart and a free Jamba drink with your donation of a backpack.
Comcast Xfinity Stores: Visit your local Comcast Xfinity store to pick up a backpack tag and then go shopping for a backpack and the listed supplies. Please attach the tag to the backpack and return it to the Comcast Xfinity store. Click here to see a list of stores near you.
Your donation of a backpack will benefit students eligible for the free lunch program from the following schools:
- Cherryland Elementary in Hayward
- Hillside Elementary in San Leandro
- Cambridge Elementary in Concord
- Dover Elementary in San Pablo
- George Washington Carver Elementary in San Francisco
- Visitacion Valley Elementary in San Francisco
- Belle Haven Elementary in Menlo Park
- Bachrodt Elementary in San Jose
- Empire Gardens Elementary in San Jose