United Way of the Coastal Empire Distributes School Supplies

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Monday, September 30th, 2019

United Way of the Coastal Empire distributed five pallets of school supplies to children in need at Title 1 Schools throughout the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools System.  The school supplies were generously donated by Publix Super Markets.

“For many working families in our community, back to school needs including supplies, clothing, shoes, and backpacks, can cause a serious financial challenge. And it’s not only parents who are feeling the pinch, but teachers also are digging into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their students,” said United Way Board Chair Toby Moreau, Market President of BB&T (retired). “This generous donation from Publix will help ease the burden of families and allow hundreds of students to focus on learning and furthering their education.”

More than five pallets of school supplies were provided to all Title 1 schools, alleviating the financial burden of back-to-school supplies while making sure all students have the supplies they need to help them get through the rest of the year. Helping every child succeed in school is critical to the United Way’s mission. This year, United Way Community Fund invested $677,500 in programs and services that strengthen literacy, help children stay on track in school, and graduate high school.

The school supplies were donated by Publix Super Markets. As United Way of the Coastal Empire’s second largest contributor, Publix and its associates contribute to United Way, largely through payroll deductions.  The company operates nine stores in our region, and the employees’ internal contributions are matched by Publix Super Markets Charities.