OSWEGO – The Oswego County Salvation Army and the Price Chopper stores in Oswego and Fulton are partnering to help children start the school year prepared to succeed.
Each Price Chopper store will have an in-store display to encourage shoppers to purchase school items while shopping in the store.
All the school supplies collected will be donated to the local Salvation Army who will provide the supplies to area students.
The campaign runs until to September 12.
This is the seventh year that Price Chopper stores are partnering with The Salvation Army to help children gear up for the academic year.
“Having students equipped for learning is the key to a student’s success. Price Chopper and their customers have enabled The Salvation Army to help many children in our area,” said Major James Purvis of The Salvation Army.
Many Salvation Army Worship and Community Centers and volunteer-driven service units throughout upstate New York have Back to School events that utilize the donations from Price Chopper stores.
According to NRF’s Back-to-School Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630.36 on electronics, apparel and other school needs, down from $669.28 last year.
Total spending is expected to reach $24.9 billion.
Additionally, indicating the continued growth in the back-to-school arena, families on average have spent 42 percent more on school items over the past 10 years.
Because this cost is a struggle for low-income families, The Salvation Army wants to help ensure each child is equipped with the supplies needed to do well academically.