Castlegar food bank collecting school supplies

Supplies needed to help local kids in need

The Community Harvest Food Bank is hoping to make the return to school a little easier for some Castlegar kids.

“With costs going up, rent going up and food going up, we are finding that this year people are in greater need of school supplies,” said food bank manager Deb McIntosh.

The local food bank serves about 50 kids every month.

“Anything your child needs for school, those children need as well,” said McIntosh.

She says the goal is to provide clients with some supplies to ease the extra burden the back-to-school season brings and level the playing field a little bit.

“At the end of the day it is about the kids,” said McIntosh. “What kid doesn’t want to go to school with brand new school supplies and a brand new box of crayons and binders that the other kids have?”

Needed supplies include pens, pencils, crayons, binders, paper, notebooks and back packs. Gift cards to stores that carry school supplies are also welcome.

Supplies can be dropped off at the Castlegar News, Community Harvest Food Bank or the Station Museum.

RELATED: Castlegar restaurant passes generous tip on to food bank

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