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NKy Harvest to give away 900 backpacks of school supplies to children from low-income families Aug. 10


More than 900 backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to school children from low-income families on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the 19th annual Backpacks and Breakfast event put on by Northern Kentucky Harvest.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m. in Goebel Park at Fifth and Philadelphia streets in Covington’s MainStrasse. Participants typically begin lining up for backpacks as early as 6:30 a.m.

Photos from a previous year’s event

For the 19th consecutive year, Frisch’s, which was Northern Kentucky Harvest’s original partner in the project, will serve a free breakfast to all who attend. 

Backpacks and Breakfast is open to qualified families in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties with children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The backpacks filled with new grade-specific school supplies will be given away on a first-come, first served basis to low-income families. Parents should bring a photo I.D. for themselves, Social Security or medical cards for their children and a recent (within 30 days) piece of mail with their name and address on it for proof of residence.

Northern Kentucky Harvest is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that collects food, clothing and other supplies for food banks and other organizations that serve low-income families in Northern Kentucky.

To contribute, make checks out to Northern Kentucky Harvest, c/o Be Concerned, 714 Washington St., Covington, Ky., 41011. All donations are tax deductible. For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Gottbrath at (859) 750-2813 or paulgottbrath@gmail.com.

At a glance

What: Northern Kentucky Harvest’s 19th Annual Backpacks and Breakfast, largest backpack and school supply giveaway in Northern Kentucky.

When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2017, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Where: Goebel Park, 5th and Philadelphia streets, Covington

Who: Open to students from low-income families in kindergarten through 12th grade from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties. Some 900 students will receive new backpacks filled with new grade-specific school supplies distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requirements: Parents should bring a photo I.D. for themselves, Social Security or medical cards for their children and a recent piece of mail with their name on it for proof of residence. Children do not have to be present in order to receive a backpack. 


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