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OneGenAway, CAFY to hold back-to-school food and backpack giveaway

Event to be held at Calhoun Community College in Huntsville on July 16

HUNTSVILLE — One Generation Away and the city of Huntsville’s youth program are partnering up to help Huntsville families prepare for school as the summer comes to a close.

OneGenAway will bring its mobile food pantry to Calhoun Community College on Saturday, July 16, where individuals and families will not only have the opportunity to receive a load of groceries but also a backpack and school supplies, thanks to Community Awareness For Youth (CAFY).

“When school is out for the summer, many families become more susceptible to food insecurity,” said Chris Whitney, the founder and CEO of OneGenAway. “With grocery prices rising at such a high rate, food is difficult enough to obtain, and new school supplies can further strain the budget. We hope coming together with CAFY to provide both food and backpacks relieves some of that late-summer stress for families.”

OneGenAway will bring enough food to serve over 300 families, and CAFY will provide 750 backpacks filled with back-to-school essentials for anyone in need.

“We are so excited to partner with CAFY to help families prepare to return to school,” said Daelyn Houser, OneGenAway’s Alabama manager. “We are particularly thrilled to provide these goods to anyone who shows up, no paperwork or proof of need required.”

The mobile food pantry and backpack giveaway will take place in the college parking lot at 102 Wynn Drive Northwest in Huntsville from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or as supplies last. Volunteers will begin sorting and organizing food and backpacks at 7:30 a.m. No registration is required to receive or volunteer.

This OneGenAway and CAFY event is sponsored in part by the City of Huntsville, Huntsville City Schools, Refuge Church and Calhoun Community College.

For more information about OneGenAway, visit www.onegenaway.com. More information about CAFY can be found at www.facebook.com/HuntsvilleCAFY.

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