The need for school supplies during COVID-19

The OCH Foundation’s Pack a Sack program is an annual initiative providing essential school supplies to children living in Ottawa Community Housing.

Did you know:

  • Even though schools are currently closed, the Government of Ontario’s Learn At Home Program is ensuring that learning can still take place?
  • It costs over $40 to properly equip each child with the supplies they need for proper learning (backpack, markers, pencils, erasers, ruler, scissors, etc.)?
  • The average income of families supporting their children in our communities is $15,000 per year, which means most families can not afford to provide these supplies to their children?
  • 60% of OCH families are on fixed incomes, while 40% are now facing unprecedented unemployment and work shortages.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER, THESE FAMILIES NEED OUR HELP!

With the impact of COVID-19, we know that so many families in our community are deeply impacted. The OCH Foundation is working with its community partners and agencies to continue to address these priority needs.

THAT IS WHY WE ARE DELIVERING PACK A SACK SUPPLIES NOW!

There is currently an urgent need for basic school supplies for children in our community. 100% of your donation will be used to purchase these school supplies and get them out to children and youth as soon as possible. Your donation will support young people in a vulnerable sector of Ottawa, so that they can actively and equitably carry out their school work and experience success.

Since 2014, the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation’s Pack A Sack program has supported close to 4,000 children and youth living in Ottawa Community Housing neighborhoods.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.