State Farm, Back 2 School Alliance hand out school supplies for thousands of kids

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – Thousands of McLean County kids are heading back to class well-stocked for the coming school year.

Volunteers at State Farm Corporate South handed out 4,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to help families in Unit 5 and District 87 who may not be able to afford school supplies.

Organizers said a third of area families qualified for the program, so they stuffed an additional 1,000 bags to meet the need.

“With COVID, we’ve upped that 30% to meet the need, the increased need,” said Jan Meadows, who chairs the Back 2 School Alliance.

“We have a lot of families that are single-income families, single-parent homes, and if this allows them to make some different choices for the bucks that they have as far as school shoes goes, that works out for us,” Meadows said.

State Farm employees collected backpacks and supplies for the Alliance in addition to providing space for the drive-through distribution.

“It helps tremendously to provide a little extra something for families so they’re not stretched at the beginning of the year,” said Cari Roop, principal at Glenn Elementary School in Normal.

“It always seems to be a time of the year where families feel stretched thin with lots of supplies and different things,” Roop said.

Unit 5’s first day of school is August 18. District 87 schools start August 19.

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