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Nonprofit seeks back-to-school donations for youth in need

Ecumenical Hunger Program hopes to provide clothing, supplies to more children

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.

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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.

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Nonprofit seeks back-to-school donations for youth in need

Ecumenical Hunger Program hopes to provide clothing, supplies to more children

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jul 28, 2017, 6:52 am

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.

Comments

Wanting to Donate
Crescent Park
on Jul 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm
Wanting to Donate, Crescent Park
on Jul 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

We had furniture in great condition and a lot of gently used teenage boy clothes and shoes that we wanted to donate to EHP. I called, sent emails but there was no response. We've just donated them to another cause...This has happened before. They're not very organized unfortunately.


Nice effort
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm
Nice effort, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Feels good, but very little bang for the buck.


Turned away, too!
Midtown
on Jul 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Turned away, too!, Midtown
on Jul 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm

I also had a very nice solid wood twin bed to donate to EHP and they turned me away.

It's been really hard to find organizations who will accept furniture and nice clothing.... except for Goodwill, which will take just about anything. But I want to donate to a worthy cause and have my donation go to people in need.

In the end, I found a (very appreciative) taker for the bed. Now, can anyone tell me where I can donate good-quality children's clothes, where they'll go directly to those in need?


Be Positive
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 29, 2017 at 11:14 am
Be Positive, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jul 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

@turned away - St. Anthony's on Middlefield in Menlo Park accepts donations and gives away their clothing for free.

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