The Educational Enrichment Foundation is asking community members to donate clothing and school supplies as part of its back to school drive.
Donated goods will be distributed to students in the Tucson Unified School District.
Pam Francis, EEF’s executive director, said there’s great need across TUSD.
“Almost 75 percent of students in (TUSD) qualify for free or reduced lunches. That translates to them living in poverty. And so those kids really need the extra boost to get ready to go into the classroom," she said.
Francis asked, when parents buy school supplies for their own children, they buy an extra set to contribute to EEF’s drive.
Donated clothes and backpacks end up at the TUSD clothing bank.
“And that is set up almost like a retail store," Francis said. "And the stuff in the clothing bank is usually gone within a week.”
Francis said the back to school drive is the most popular collection time, because items are on sale and people are thinking about school supplies, but her organization accepts donations year-round.
The EEF is a 31-year-old nonprofit that raises resources for teachers and students in TUSD.
For more information on donation locations call 325-8688 or visit the EEF website.