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Backpacks & Breakfast Event Returns with Free School Supplies

For the eighteenth year, Northern Kentucky Harvest is bringing its Backpacks and Breakfast event to low-income families who need school supplies for students.
 
It is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, starting at 9 a.m.
 
Some participants begin lining up for backpacks as wearly as 6:30 a.m., a news release said.
 
Families will receive new backpacks stuffed with new, grade-specific school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
The event is open to households in Kenton, Campbell, and Boone counties for students in kindergarten through high school. To receive backpacks, parents, or guardians should bring picture I.D.s for themselves, proof of residence (such as a recent bill), and Social Security cards or medical cards for their children.
 
Frisch's will provide breakfast for everyone.
 
The annual event started in 2001 when 150 backpacks were handed out.
 
“We recognized that back-to-school expenses posed a real hardship for low-income families already struggling to pay for food, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care,” said Paul Gottbrath, board president of Northern Kentucky Harvest.
 
The event has grown steadily, and through 2017 has provided nearly 11,000 backpacks. It has been the largest school readiness event in Northern Kentucky for nearly a decade, a news release said.
 
Major sponsors are the Butler Foundation and the R.C. Durr Foundation.
 
Other financial supporters include the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Summertime Kids Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Humana CareSource, the Western & Southern Financial Fund, Community Family Church and St. Pius X Church. Joining Zwicker in providing in-kind support were the Covington Moose Lodge, St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring, St. Timothy Catholic Church, Children Inc., and Community of Faith Presbyterian Church.
 
“Backpacks could never have persisted so long or grown to the size it is today without the support of the community,” Gottbrath said. “We are so grateful to our sponsors, our in-kind supporters and our volunteers for making this happen every year.” 
 
-Staff report