CHESHIRE — Back to school shopping is the norm for most children. The ritual includes heading out with the family to select the perfect backpack, the coolest sneakers and the all-important ensemble for the first day of school.
Unfortunately, some Cheshire kids do not have the opportunity to get a new backpack, let alone new shoes or an outfit. That’s where the Cheshire Community Food Pantry steps in.
“We would love to make sure that all of our school-aged kids have everything they need to start the 2021-2022 school year on the right foot,” Cheshire Community Food Pantry Executive Director Kerry Walsh said.
In order to make it happen, however, the organization needs help from the community.
Those who would like to sponsor a child can contact the food pantry for a wish list from a child.
“Our hope is to have you shop and fulfill each child’s unique preferences as closely as possible,” Walsh said. The estimated guideline to sponsor a child is $200 to $250 for all back-to-school items, which includes clothing, sneakers and backpacks.
“We understand this is a significant undertaking,” Walsh said.
To sponsor a child, email email@example.com. Include your full name, mailing address, phone number and the number of students you wish to sponsor.
Sponsors also have the option of having a food pantry volunteer do the shopping for you.
If you cannot commit to sponsor a child, but would still like to assist, monetary donations in any amount are appreciated.
Checks can be made payable to “The Cheshire Community Food Pantry.” Please write BTS 2021 in the memo line.
The pantry is currently collecting clothing size and color preferences from their families.
Donations can be dropped off at the pantry by Friday, Aug. 13.