As calendar turns to August, many families are starting to think about going back to school — and for some military families the cost of school supplies is a growing concern. Jim Knotts, CEO of Operation Homefront (OH) which is a national nonprofit assisting the military community (veteran, active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and their families), has watched this need grow over the years.
Knotts states, “With a 191% increase last year in requests for food assistance, we know our military families are struggling to meet the most basic of needs [and] without donations from the community, military families are forced to spend hundreds of dollars to provide their children with basic items needed for a quality education.” Fortunately, OH has a program that can help address this need: Back-to-School Brigade.
Every year, OH collects the supplies and donations needed to make backpacks for children in military families nationwide. Last year Back-to-School Brigade distributed 19,000 backpacks, saving military families an estimated $1.2 million dollars.
For more about this program, read the press release here. Registration started July 1, 2010 for families. Donations can be made any time through OH chapter websites. If you are interested in learning more about OH or other programs that help the children of military families, please visit the Warrior Gateway directory.