Huawei Technologies Partners with K to College Program to Distribute More Than $17,000 of School Supplies to Kettleman City Students

[October 24, 2017] Kettleman City, California - More than 275 students in Reef-Sunset Unified School District received a helping hand today thanks to Huawei Technologies, which has been partnering with the nonprofit organization SupplyBank.Org’s “K to College” program for the past six years to provide students with critical supplies like pencils, paper and art materials to help them succeed in the classroom. Each student received a school supply kit and dental kit valued at $65. In attendance were Kristi Castillo, Principal of Kettleman City Elementary, Alison Jenkin, Senior Director of Government & Community Affairs at Huawei Technologies and Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of SupplyBank.Org.

Also attending today’s event were hundreds of happy kids, several Huawei Technologies volunteers, local public officials, and Kings County Office of Education leaders.

Supporting this effort early on, Huawei Technologies has been a key partner in efforts to address the unmet material needs of low-income children. “We believe that children of all backgrounds deserve the chance to succeed,” said Alison Jenkin, Huawei’s Senior Director of Government & Public Affairs. “Huawei is committed to giving back to the community and investing in our future workforce.” Through their partnership with SupplyBank.Org during the last 6 years, Huawei Technologies has provided school supplies and dental kits to tens of thousands of children in need. This partnership continues to catalyze SupplyBank.Org’s expansion to rural communities like Kettleman City throughout the state.

The level of need in the region is profound – 68% of students in Kings County are enrolled in a subsidized meal program, which has poverty as the main criterion to qualify. At Kettleman City Elementary, 93% of students are enrolled in a subsidized meal program. When families cannot afford the significant cost of school supplies, students fall behind in the classroom. Teachers are forced to pay for supplies out-of-pocket – studies show that the average California teacher spends upwards of $1,000 per year on supplies for his or her students.

A statewide organization following the business model of food banks, SupplyBank.Org says this partnership is an example of how its “supply bank” model can solve the unmet basic material needs of low-income people. “This program is an excellent example of how government, the non-profit and for-profit sectors can collaborate to solve social problems,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director and Founder of SupplyBank.Org. “It also aligns with our principle of addressing basic needs through institutions and programs that provide pathways to self-sufficiency.” SupplyBank.Org integrates its programs into the services provided by more than 450 partnering agencies across the state, including school districts in every county.

SupplyBank.Org and their partners also stress the need for early planning to competitively source products, build a broad donor base and solicit in-kind contributions. Anyone interested in supporting the K to College program is encouraged to contact SupplyBank.Org.

About SupplyBank.Org: SupplyBank.Org (formerly K to College), was founded in 2008 by Benito Delgado-Olson and several of his UC Berkeley colleagues and alumni as a nonprofit public benefit corporation that models the approach of food banks to address unmet material needs. By leveraging public and private partnerships and economies of scale, SupplyBank.Org can produce up to a $5 benefit for every $1 invested. The organization’s mission is to efficiently address the unmet material needs of homeless and low-income children, youth and adults working towards self-sufficiency. In the past 5 years, SupplyBank.Org has donated more than $25 million worth of materials to more than 500,000 children and families across California. For more information, visit www.supplybank.org.

About Huawei: Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives our customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 150,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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