Nova Scotia

Parker Street Food Bank sees school supply requests jump

Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank is trying to gather enough donations to outfit students for school.

The food bank is accepting donations on Sunday to meet increased need

Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank staff say it has students on the waiting list for school supplies. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank is trying to gather enough donations to outfit more than 1,000 children for school.

"That's a big jump," client services co-ordinator Cynthia Louis said. 

"That's like 36 per cent compared to last year, so it's a huge jump."

Last week, the food bank appealed to the public for school supply donations. Since then, it's seen other families in need come forward.

The food bank has received enough donated items to fill just 600 backpacks, Louis said. Now the food bank is putting students on a waiting list for supplies. 

Parker Street is need of French-English dictionaries. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

Teens in need

The food bank needs supplies for older students the most, she said.

"With high school students, that would be the age where some of them might want to drop out of school," Louis said.

"We don't want to give them a reason to."

Louis estimated it costs about $80-100 to outfit an elementary student for school, and twice that for teenagers. 

Cynthia Louis of Parker Street expects demand for the school supply program to reach its highest level yet this year. (Steve Berry/CBC)

What's needed: 

  • Gender neutral backpacks.
  • Calculators.
  • Dictionaries. 
  • Spiral notebooks.
  • Loose leaf paper.
  • Pens and pencils.
  • French-English dictionaries.

Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank is accepting donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday. Donations will be distributed to clients the following Tuesday.
 

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Stephanie vanKampen

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Stephanie vanKampen is a videojournalist with the CBC News in Prince Edward Island. Send story ideas to stephanie.vankampen @cbc.ca