As September approaches, one of 's main missions is providing thousands of children with the basics that they'll need to start a new school year.
"We really try to do the best we can, some of these families are struggling and education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty," said Diane Serratore, executive director of People to People.
As Rockland County's largest food pantry, People to People's "Back to School with Dignity" program is currently running. The nonprofit teamed up with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Rockland County and all Rand Realty offices are accepting school supply donations until Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The program aims to give school supplies to at-risk Rockland students. People to People is in need of the following school items:
- Eight-tab dividers
- Book covers
- Number 2 pencil cases
- Loose leaf paper
- White index cards
- Marble composition books
- Three-subject spiral notebooks
- Five-subject spiral notebooks
- 1" binders
- Graph paper
- Pocket folders
- Blue or black pens
- Pencil sharpeners
- Broad-tipped markers
- Calculators and Scientific calculators
- Glue sticks
Rand Realty drop off locations:
- Stony Point Rand Realty—50 S. Liberty Drive
- Suffern Rand Realty—164 Lafayette Ave
School supplies can also be dropped off at in Nanuet, Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
While People to People volunteers are trying to get the school supplies to children, they are also providing families in Rockland with all kinds of nutritious groceries including meat, poultry, fresh fruits and vegetables each month.