Faces of Hunger

The Right Tools for School Success

When 5 year old Cam came to a Long Island Cares workshop with his mom, he didn’t know what the food bank was, and his Mom was not aware of all of the programs we had to offer. As Cam came into the lobby, he saw a colorful display of brand new school supplies, and his eyes opened wide. Through an assessment by our Community Outreach Department, we learned that Cam, who was beginning kindergarten in the Fall did not yet have school supplies.  His Mom didn’t have the money to meet the very demanding list of items sent by the school district.  She was distraught about how she was going to give her son the proper tools needed to start the school year successfully. Cam and his mom were brought into our School Tools Showroom, where Cam was able to choose the items he needed and wanted, and Mom was able to check ‘get school supplies’ off her list of concerns, happy that Cam would be starting school with confidence and the right tools for school success.

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