MORE than 2,000 back-to-school packs will be distributed to families in Cork this Saturday by the charity, Feed Cork.
The packs for families in need are provided by the Department of Social protection and include a school bag with all the basic school supplies for students in primary and secondary school.
The packs include pencils, copies, math sets, biros, rulers, erasers, coloured pencils, markers, aluminium water bottles, and sharpeners.
Feed Cork’s Director Hamp Sirmans said the packs will provide much-needed supplies to families who are struggling to cope with school costs for their children.
“These packs come at a much needed time for Cork families struggling with back-to-school costs.
“With rising housing prices it can be a very difficult time of year, with many families turning to high-interest loans as a solution. Our aim is to provide a modicum of relief for families struggling.
“Last year, we distributed 700 packs and families were so thankful and delighted with the help.
“This year we asked for more packs because we knew there were a whole lot more families in our area that could use the help.
“High Street books has also contributed this year, providing a lot of extras that will help round out the school packs,” Mr Sirmans added.
Feed Cork will be distributing the packs at Cork Church, Lower Oliver Plunkett Street, between 10am and 5pm on Saturday.
To receive a school pack participants must provide proof of ID along with PPS numbers for each child receiving a pack.
Participants are encouraged to bring school lists as well, as extra school supplies may be available.
Separately, the Department is anticipating that as many as 150,000 payments for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made this year.
Sinn Féin has recently proposed the introduction of a back to school allowance of €140 to be paid to all families in July, to help tackle education costs.
The party is also calling for legislative measures to ensure schools make uniforms affordable by the use of generic uniforms.
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