East Palo Alto nonprofit Ecumenical Hunger Program is looking for help from the community to address a gap in back-to-school items for local students in need.
At the start of each school year, Ecumenical Hunger Program provides students in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding areas with backpacks, school supplies, new uniforms and new shoes. A Redwood City organization that the nonprofit partners with, "My New Red Shoes," helped Ecumenical Hunger Program donate 460 pairs of new shoes this year, but 150 children still remain in need, the nonprofit said.
"We also have a very long list of children that are in need of help with new clothing for back to school," Charlotte Brown, Ecumenical Hunger Program Resource/Volunteer Coordinator, wrote in an email.
The nonprofit provides families with gently used clothing but also aims to ensure each child has two new outfits to begin the school year.
"School is starting in less than one month and we are still far from our goal to answer every request for help with back-to-school needs," she said.
Ecumenical Hunger Program, which partners with the Ravenswood City School District and Palo Alto Unified School District, is accepting donations in the form of gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, Payless ShoeSource and Burlington Coat Factory in the amount of $20 or more to purchase supplies, clothes and shoes. Tax-deductible contributions can also be sent directly to the nonprofit.
Gift cards and donations can be dropped off at or mailed to: Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, 94303. Receipts will be sent upon request.
For more information, call 650-323-7781 or go to ehpcares.org.