City of Binghamton, New York

City, CARES To Provide Hundreds Of Free Backpacks With School Supplies To Binghamton Youth


(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Wednesday announced the City will again partner with CARES, a non-profit serving families in the Binghamton City School District, to provide hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to City youth. 

“A lack of school supplies should never be a barrier to a child’s success in the classroom,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “For the last two years, our backpack and school supply program has helped reduce the financial burden back-to-school shopping puts on families and created positive experiences for kids preparing to return to school.”

The Mayor’s Office and CARES (Community Advocates Restoring Education Standards) will distribute 550 backpacks, free of charge, during two community events this summer: 

  • Saturday, July 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 85 Walnut St.
  • Saturday, August 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cheri A. Lindsey Park

CARES will host ice cream socials to correspond with the giveaways. The filled backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Children and teenagers must be in attendance to receive a backpack.

CARES is a grassroots organization that partners with families of children with disabilities, children of color and children living in poverty to increase the families’ overall involvement and  social capital and improve the educational outcomes of their children in the public education system. 

“CARES helps create opportunities and ways for families to develop and establish relationships with school administrators, teachers and public officials through advocacy, personal engagement and community action,” said Dr. Denise Yull, Chair of the Board of Directors for CARES.  “Our annual ice cream social and backpack and school supplies giveaway is just one way we make these things possible.”

The collaboration with CARES marks the third consecutive year the City has funded a backpack and school supply giveaway. More than 1,100 filled backpacks have been provided free of charge to Binghamton youth since the City’s first giveaway in 2017.  

This year, the City funded the purchase of 550 backpacks and school supplies. City funding for the program, which cost $3,000, comes from the General Fund’s youth programming budget.

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