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Children's Back-to-School Program

In New York City, the typical required Public School Supply List costs parents at least $75/child. Further, the average Public School in Queens, Brooklyn and the
Bronx, expects parents to provide “Classroom Support” materials costing another $65/child. For needy families, this is a very severe burden—especially since most households we serve include three or more children.

Since 2005, The River Fund has been operating an annual Back-to-School Giveaway. Over the past several years, the number of children living in abject
poverty who need this program has grown by 25% annually. The figure now stands at 2,000 kids. It is our goal to provide each child with the complete Schools Supply set required by our local schools. Using our not-for-profit status, our relationships with various vendors to solicit in-kind donations, and our bulk-purchasing capacity, we can satisfy the required back-to-school list at a cost of $25/child—including backpacks, markers, notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, etc.

 
Please help us provide back-to-school supplies for the children of extremely needy  families served by our Hunger Relief Programs. Without our help and your support, their children will return to school after summer break with no book-bags, no school supplies—and no self-esteem.

 
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RIVER FUND operates as navigators to help families through the maze of more than 140 different anti-poverty programs to find the small handful that specifically matches their unique circumstance. Every family’s situation is different. Every person in the family faces the impact of poverty in a different way. Battling poverty on the frontline involves tackling both individual needs AND supporting the family as a whole.

Since 1991, RIVER FUND has been perfecting the skill of guiding individuals and families from despair and frustration to hope. Our methods work, and we have established one of the most effective models for poverty combat in New York City—from hunger support, to benefits access, and through a unique “cradle to college initiative” to finally break the multi-generational cycle of poverty that has made material hardship the most heartbreaking part of our great City’s reality for more than 50 years.

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