South Denver metro nonprofit to provide new backpacks, school supplies, meals

IFCS also looks for donations to support the program

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As the pandemic’s economic effects continue to strain families, a south Denver metro nonprofit is gearing up to provide students with new backpacks, school supplies and family meal support.

“IFCS sees firsthand, daily, how community support makes a difference in addressing inequities that are currently exacerbated by the pandemic,” the nonprofit said in a news release.

Integrated Family Community Services — which serves families and individuals in the Englewood-Littleton area and beyond — is looking for support from the community for its “Ready, Set, School!” program.

The effort is aimed at students in kindergarten through eighth grade and leans on “the generosity of community sponsors,” the nonprofit said in the release.

Low-income families with children entering kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2021-22 school year and meet the income guidelines may apply to receive support. To register and for more information, see here or call 303-789-0501. Registration is open until May 24.

IFCS needs financial support to provide school supplies and food boxes to roughly 500 local students. Donations may be made at ifcs.org/donate/ready-set-school-donations.

For the 2021 “Ready, Set, School!” program, IFCS has a service area of western Arapahoe and northern Douglas counties, including Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Glendale, Lone Tree and Greenwood Village.

The service area also includes southwest Denver neighborhoods, including Bear Valley, College View, Fort Logan, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Marston and South Platte. (Southwest neighborhoods are further defined as being south of Jewell Avenue and west of Santa Fe Drive, the release said.)

Integrated Family Community Services sits at 3370 S. Irving St. in the Sheridan area.

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