The Operation Backpack initiative for students in need is extending it’s reach even further this year.
ArcelorMittal and the Hamilton Steelworkers Area council have stuffed school bags with supplies for 7 years in row now.
In 2010, 92 backpacks were handed out with everything from pens and paper to lunch bags.
Darren Green, USW Local 5328 President says this year a whopping 1,000 bags will be delivered because the need is that much more.
“This does take a great deal of stress off parents, there’s alot of pressures in our city from hydro rates to unemployment rates.”
“It’s good to see that all kids can go back to school on an equal level” he adds.
The need for these school supplies is identified through partner St. Mathews house who connects with the schools and teachers who know first hand how poverty acts as a barrier.
Fund Development Manager, Genevieve Wong says it’s not just the intercity that needs this kind of support.
“Some of them actually reflected to us, we’re up above the escarpment but we’re really high need, we’ve got a series of refugees coming to school with nothing.”
Operation backpack will hit the road to start the delivery process on September 1st.