EL CENTRO â€“ AT&T joined the Imperial County Board of Supervisors in presenting the Imperial Valley Food Bank (IVFB) with a $18,500 check to support its Weekend Backpack Program during the regular board meeting on August 2.
The IVFB is an independent, non-profit charitable corporation, created and operated for and by residents of Imperial Valley with the purpose of feeding those in need living in Imperial County.Â Its Weekend Backpack Program partners with local school districts in Imperial County to meet the needs of local children by providing them with meals to prepare on weekends when resources are not available. Through the program, eligible students are able to take home backpacks every Friday filled with food content to get them through the weekend for the whole school year.
Earlier this year, Chairman Jack Terrazas announced during the annual State of the County Address that his mission during his chairmanship of the Board of Supervisors will be to fight childhood hunger in Imperial County via the “2016 Fighting Hunger Campaign.” According to Feeding America, Imperial County has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the state with close to forty percent of children not receiving adequate amounts of food.
In addition to the funds allocated by the County and donations from Valley residents, AT&T California contributed $5,000 for the program, making it the largest private-sector donor for this effort. AT&T’s contribution was part of the company’s Aspire initiative, which brings together AT&T employees, nonprofits and community members to help equip students with the skills they need to lead the digital, global economy. According to AT&T, every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential. By removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, we can help every student achieve a bright, successful future.