School Supply Drive 2017

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is organizing a Bay Area school supply drive for the children of farm workers from Monday, July 10, through Sunday, July 23.

The farm workers who pick our food are victims of an unjust system that benefits corporations over workers, profit over people, and greed over families. These workers strive to get by on very little income, and parents and grandparents often cannot afford to buy their children the school supplies they need.

While F.E.P. works in other ways to challenge this system, we want to do our best to give farm workers the support they deserve.

Below is a list of the school supplies that are needed. Please donate NEW school supplies.

  • Backpacks (in great demand) no red or bright blue backpacks or those depicting violence or military [such as camo]; no promotional products (characters okay)
  • Calculators
  • Crayons
  • Colored markers
  • Erasers
  • Lined notebook paper
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil boxes or zip bags that fit into 3-hole notebooks
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Plain, blank, notebook paper with 3 holes to fit into notebooks
  • Plastic notebooks
  • Rulers
  • Safety scissors
  • Spiral notebooks (college and wide-rules)

If possible, please buy non-toxic supplies*.

Drop-off locations are located throughout the Bay Area.

Donations will be given to the children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas area (some of whom live in the labor camps), as we are working with the Center for Farmworker Families*, Graton Day Labor Center* (for the farm worker family members who frequent the Center looking for job opportunities), Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena in Sonoma County, and farm workers with United Farm Workers* in Santa Rosa.

Any school supplies that remain after these distributions are taken to the impoverished villages of Jalisco’s high mountains for farm family children. The school supplies, in turn, will provide farm families with a strong foundation and incentive to remain in Mexico for their children’s education.

For a glimpse of the kids receiving the backpacks, and all of the work that goes into the drive, check out this short video: 

This years School Supply Drive for the Children of Farm Workers is dedicated to Kentara Padron.
Kentara Padron was a longtime advocate of human rights and fought for the fair treatment of Latinx and migrant farm workers. He suffered a fatal heart attack on Friday, June 2, 2017 and passed away. Kentara had been a PG&E employee for over 40 years and was a part of the Latino Employee Resource Group when the group formed over 30 years ago. Kentara was loved by many around the Bay area and throughout the California communities in which he interacted through his involvement in the Latinx cultural and music scene, which was his passion. Kentara introduced the F.E.P. School Supplies Drive to PG&E employees in the Summer of 2015 and they’ve made it an annual event since thencollecting scores of backpacks and hundreds of school supplies.

 

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Photos above are of our wonderful recipients from 2016.

*Please note, although Food Empowerment Project is referring to the work of another organization, we do not necessarily endorse the entire content of their website or mission.

YOU for your support of families who work so hard helping to put the food on our tables.

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