Backpack Distribution and Vision Screenings Help IFPO Children Get Ready for School
In August, the IFPO helped 1,156 households (3,888 people total) by providing groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, toiletries and diapers. On August 29th, we helped the IFPO’s young clients get ready for the new school year by distributing 270 backpacks through the generosity of our partner Summit Medical Group Foundation. SMG Foundation also provided free vision screenings to children age 8 and up at pantry on Aug. 29.
A voucher for free glasses was given to each child in need of vision correction.
IFPO clients attend NCJW Back to School Store
IFPO volunteers brought 23 children across 10 families to the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)(Essex County Section) Back 2 School Store this summer. Thanks to Kim Griffinger Wachtel for spearheading and coordinating this project, and to volunteers Rita Pignatelli, Peggy B. Tornquist, and Courtney Cooperman who accompanied them on the bus Kim had arranged, provided Spanish translation throughout the day as needed and more to ensure the day was a success for all involved.
The children were taken by individual personal shoppers through the Store (set up at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy). Each child received brand new merchandise: a winter coat, hat, gloves; shoes, socks and underwear; pants and shirts; backpack, toiletries, school supplies and books. Meanwhile, their patient and positive parents took advantage of social services such as: glucose screening, fingerprinting and ID services, vision screening, blood pressure checks, diabetes information, and NCJW resources.
You can see one of the many news coverages of this event here.