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Hosea Feed The Hungry & Homeless “TOOLS FOR SCHOOL” Hosts Seventh Annual Back To School Jamboree

Our children and teachers need us to stand with them now more than ever!

WHAT: Georgia’s children have been hit hardest this year as parents struggle to keep food on the table, let alone preparing them for school with medical exams, new clothing and school supplies. As if that wasn’t enough, bullying in schools is on the rise, adding to the challenges these children will have to face in the year ahead.

More than more than 4,000 of Atlanta’s children, living at or below poverty level, will start school this year without the basics. Every year Hosea Feed the Hungry & the Homeless (HFTH) identifies children in desperate need and provides them with the means to have a healthy and successful school year at the Annual Back to School Jamboree.

WHO can receive supplies, health screenings and clothing? Any child with a need can receive a backpack, health screening and clothing. The event is FREE and families are welcome to participate in ALL activities.

WHERE / WHEN:
Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Orange Parking Lot
Saturday, July 21, 2012
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

EVENT DETAILS: As a family-oriented, community event, the Jamboree will host
self-empowerment/mentor workshops; dental, vision and health screenings; diabetes
screenings; the National ID program; fun activities, games, special guests, and family
entertainment, including Ronald McDonald, the Braves Mascot, and actor, Afemo Omilami.

VISUALS: Witness hope on children’s faces as they receive backpacks, school supplies,
health screenings and clothing. Families engaging in wholesome entertainment.

HOW can you help? The continued tough economy and high unemployment rate has led to a great need for assistance and HFTH needs the community’s continued help as we are still short school supplies and monetary donations. To make a donation, please visit www.hoseafeedthehungry.com and click on the Jamboree Donation icon.

You can bring school supplies (pencils, paper, rulers, scissors, crayons, T-180 calculators, backpacks, etc.) directly to our facility at 1035 Donnelly Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. For additional sponsorship info, please contact the HFTH offices at 404-755-3353. We also still need event volunteers.

This year’s co-sponsors include: The Braves Foundation, The Braves Batting Team, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Colgate, Wal-Mart Vision, Allstate, Malcolm Cunningham Ford, Georgia Hill Public Library, McDonald’s Wheel of Dreams, Aaron Rents, The Spirit, Alamo Insurance, and Amerigroup – which will lend on-site support.

DID YOU KNOW?
Average Number of Lunches Served Daily in Georgia Public Schools: 1,178,856
Lunches Served Free: 57.1%; Lunches Served Reduced Price: 9.1%; Lunches Served Paid: 33.9%
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has 49,796 students enrolled in their schools; and 36,487 were eligible to receive Free Lunch; and were 1,582 eligible to receive Reduced Priced Lunch. The total students in APS who participate in "Free and Reduced Lunch" is 38,049 (76.41%). This data can be found at:  http://app3.doe.k12.ga.us/ows-bin/owa/fte_pack_frl001_public.entry_form.

CONTACT: Pashae Williams 404 373 5705 ext. 5 for human interest stories, interviews and photo opps. For additional information please contact the HFTH offices at 404.373.5705 ext. 5

About Hosea Feed The Hungry:
What began as a Thanksgiving meal, created by founder Rev. Hosea L. Williams, to show respect to Atlanta’s homeless population in 1970 has grown to become, Hosea Feed The Hungry, one of the city’s most vital resources and human services organization that provides daily food and assistance to thousands of citizens who make up much of the South’s Working Poor and Homeless. Visit www.hoseafeedthehungry.com for more information.

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