Though classes for the upcoming school year don’t resume until Aug. 5, the Kyrene Family Resource Center is looking for basic hygiene products, food and school supplies to prepare for a flux of incoming families next month.

While the resource center is closed for the first three weeks in July, the center will be accepting donations of food, school supplies, backpacks and basic hygiene products through the end of June and the last week of July to prepare for its re-opening for the school year.

“We will see about 500 families through the resource center in a two-week window, who will also receive a food bag, hygiene kit, and clothing for students,” said Amanda Hamm, district prevention manager.

The resource center provides food, supplies, clothing, and other items for district families in need.

In preparing for an event to hand out 1,200 new backpacks filled with basic school supplies, Hamm said the biggest need is elementary and middle-school backpacks. Folders, notebooks, flashcards, binders, and pens are all items given out to students during the first few weeks of school.

Drop-off locations in Ahwatukee for backpacks and any supplies will begin July 5 at Walgreen’s stores, Peter Piper Pizza, and Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., as well as the Kyrene District Office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, in Tempe.

During a donation drop-off time at the center last week, prevention specialist and volunteer coordinator Amanda Nosbisch took a bag of donation items dropped off by a parent and sorted the items.

With the resource center is staffed by volunteers based on grant money, the center is limited in how many hours it can be open during the summer months.

“It’s not necessarily that there’s a high need that we try and can’t fill, it’s that we understand there’s a need and would like to get to the point where we can provide staff and pay,” Nosbisch said.

In piloting the one-day-a-week hours for part of the summer, Nosbisch said though it could be hard for parents to make the time slot, it has helped families who need food for their kids on summer break.

“The parents have definitely been using it,” she said. “And as long as there’s a need, the Ahwatukee community along with the rest of district always rises up to fill it.”

The Family Resource Center is located at 1330 E. Dava Drive in Tempe. Drop-offs will be accepted next week and the last week of July.

For more information, visit kyrenefoundation.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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