Health Plans to Distribute Backpacks, School Supplies

PACOIMA (CNS) — One-thousand backpacks filled with school supplies are set to be distributed on Saturday, Aug. 1 at, the Pacoima Family Resource Center located at 10807 San Fernando Road

The event is one of seven drive-thru giveaways by L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan.

A local nonprofit organization, Access Books, will also distribute 100 tote bags at each giveaway with children’s books featuring positive and uplifting stories to help young readers cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

“Regardless of what returning to school may look like this year, we know students will need the necessary materials to succeed,” said Kellie Todd Griffin, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan’s senior director of community and provider engagement. “Many families are in need during this difficult time, and we are committed to be a resource by providing backpacks, filled with essential school supplies, to help alleviate additional burdens as they prepare for the start of the school year.”

Other scheduled giveaways set between 9 a.m. and noon include the Aug. 8 event at the Community Resource Center,  2072 E. Palmdale Blvd., in Palmdale.

Last September, L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise announced a combined investment of $146 million as part of a five-year commitment to expand Community Resource Centers across Los Angeles County in an effort to help improve health outcomes in local communities and the total quality of life for members of the two health plans.