In Ottawa, 1 in 5 children live in poverty. According to a report published by the Canadian Teacher’s Federation, students from low-income families face more barriers in their education. They are less motivated to learn, participate less in extra-curricular activities and are more at risk of illiteracy. They are also less likely to attend university, have higher drop-out rates and lower career aspirations.Pack a Sack helps break that cycle.
By harnessing resources from Ottawa’s business leaders, the initiative helps those young students living in OCH communities get the supplies they need to thrive in class. Funds collected have purchased everything from markers for the aspiring artist, pencils for the intrepid writer, calculators for future physicists and much more. All supplies are packed into brand new backpacks and distributed among children living in Ottawa Community Housing through the network of Community Houses. Since its inception, the campaign has raised nearly $90,000 and outfitted over 2000 children with backpacks filled with school supplies.