The first day of school is fast approaching and for many families this means a shopping trip to get a new backpack, school supplies and a fresh new set of clothing.
However, for many families in the San Francisco community, especially those that visit St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program, these shopping trips are simply not a financial reality. According to data from 2014, 81 percent of the families that utilize the services at our Free Clothing Program live at or below the federal poverty line, and the average monthly income for families that utilize these services is $1,441.20. When a family has to pay for rent, medical costs, food, and other bills, it doesn’t leave much behind in the budget to spend on getting the essentials for school. Therefore, we see a lot of families using our Free Clothing Program during this time of year.
On Wednesday, August 10 we will be hosting our 5th annual Back to School event. Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partner, Dolby, along with Chronicle Books and Gap Inc., our Free Clothing Program will be able to provide 200 children with a new backpack filled with school supplies and books as well as new sets of clothing to get them prepared and ready for the first day of school. In addition, a personalized pair of shoes and a $50 gift card to Old Navy, courtesy of My New Red Shoes, will be included! Volunteer groups from Gap, Dolby, Silicon Valley Bank, and Zendesk will be on hand to help make this our best Back to School Day ever.
St. Anthony’s is committed to making sure that even our youngest guests have the essentials they need in order to be able to progress towards realizing their hopes and dreams. A quality education provides a pathway for students to realize their maximum potential and achieve stability. In partnership with our generous donors, corporate partners and other nonprofit organizations, St. Anthony’s is pleased to be a part of making sure students have what they need to thrive in school.