The start of the school year can mean added stress for parents with limited means as they struggle to buy school supplies in addition to covering their everyday household expenses.
Through the generosity of donors to the annual Project First Class school supplies collection, children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County get off to a good start in school every September.
Project First Class has been conducted by the commission annually since August 2005. Donations are solicited in July and early August.
|Displaying some of the hundreds of schools supplies collected through Project First Class in 2017 are, left to right, the Rev. Gerald McLynn of Feeding Hands Inc., Freeholder Pat Walsh, Commission on the Status of Women members Beverly Briggs-Lawson, Smriti Agrawal, Vaseem Firdaus and Janice Fields, Food Bank Network Executive Director Marie Scannell, Tracey Heisler of CASA SHaW, and Commission member Susan Sun.|