Solanco Neighborhood Ministries wants to help students pack up for school.
But to do that, the nonprofit needs backpacks and other school supplies.
"We're looking for backpacks for all ages," said community support specialist Hannah Linde.
The ministry also needs school supplies, including pens, pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, erasers, binders, filler paper, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, and rulers. The ministry is not looking for cash donations.
This will be the program's sixth year. In 2018, the ministry gave away 125 packs as well as school supplies. "That was our biggest year yet," Linde said.
Organizers are expecting that number to rise and will be prepared for 200 students.
The items can be dropped off at Neighborhood Ministries, 355 Buck Rd., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The packs and supplies will be available to students whose families are clients of the Solanco Food Bank or those who participate in SWEEP (Student Weekend Eating Program).
"The students can participate in the summer SWEEP program or in the year-round program," Linde said.
Instead of making the packs available during the last weeks of summer, the nonprofit will be handing them out on just one day.
"It got to be super chaotic here, trying to give these items out as our regular programs were going on," Linde said.
Students will be able to pick up their backpacks and school supplies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 10. The distribution will be held in Solanco High School's Great Hall, 585 Solanco Rd.
There will also be information available for students and their parents. Snacks and drinks will be available.
"Our goal is, in a couple of years, to make it more of a back to school day," Linde said.
Students and their parents do not have to pre-register to pick up the supplies.