Shalom Food Pantry has launched “Operation School Supplies,” an initiative to make sure that no child in the area returns to school without necessary supplies. Pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, paper, rulers—and other items that are on the supply list sent by the schools to the families of children returning to school are sought.

Shalom Food Pantry program organizers report that the initiative is for children of any school in the Capital District and that the goal would be to meet the needs of 75 to 100 students for the next school year.

More families than ever are struggling financially, and Shalom Food Pantry is working to meet this need in the Jewish community, according to Chanie Simon, coordinator for the pantry.

Monetary donations and volunteer options for this drive may be arranged online at  Families needing assistance with school supplies may also make requests on the same website. Requests need to be received by Aug. 26. Supply pick up will be Aug. 30-Sept. 2. A separate request form is required for each child in need of supplies.

Shalom Food Pantry helps Capital District Jewish families and others who request assistance by providing and delivering food to those in need. Over 100 families are served every two weeks, and major, larger food drives are conducted before Passover and Rosh Hashanah to ensure that the Jewish community’s food needs are met with dignity and respect.

To inquire about any of Shalom Food Pantry’s initiatives and how one can help may be obtained by e-mail [email protected], or by calling Simon at 518-439-3310.