United Way of NYC & FedEx Team Up for Back to School Backpack & School Supply Distribution


Back to School Drive Supported United Way of New York City’s
ReadNYC and EducateNYC Initiatives, Which Provide Students with the
Tools They Need to Succeed

As Exclusive Shipping Carrier of the Back to School Drive,
FedEx Delivered More Than 1,800 Backpacks to Schools Across the City

See Photos Here

NEW YORK, NY – Ringing in the new school year, on September 8, volunteers from United Way of New York City and FedEx distributed more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at P.S. 156 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the lowest-income communities in New York City. The distribution was part of United Way of New York City’s (UWNYC) Back to School Drive, in which more than 1,800 backpacks were delivered free of charge to UWNYC-supported schools across the city. FedEx served as the exclusive shipping carrier of the event. 

"While the new school year can be an exciting time for many young students, it is often a challenging time for children and families in our city’s low-income communities, who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Sheena Wright, President & CEO of United Way of New York City. “We are delighted to partner with FedEx to bring critical resources to students in need so they can succeed in the school year to come and beyond.” 

This is part of the FedEx Cares initiative through which the company is investing $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. Leveraging their global network to deliver resources where they are needed most, their efforts will advance entrepreneurship, create employment pathways for underserved populations and enhance sustainable transportation.

“We are proud to make this FedEx Cares shipment that will provide students with the supplies they need to succeed,” said Neil Gibson, Vice President, Corporate Communications, FedEx Services. “It’s an example of how we are using our network to deliver for good in communities like New York and around the world.” 

P.S. 156 is supported by ReadNYC, UWNYC’s campaign for grade-level reading, which aims to boost literacy and improve education outcomes in New York City’s lowest-income communities. In Brownsville, 87% of third graders are not reading at grade-level. Studies show that children who do not read at grade-level by third grade are 70% less likely to graduate from high school. ReadNYC uses a collective impact approach by convening children, families, schools and corporate and community partners to target grade-level reading and help students thrive. Working with local partners towards a shared goal, by 2020, UWNYC will double the number of children reading at grade-level by third grade in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty in NYC.

For more information, visit unitedwaynyc.org or join us on Facebook at facebook.com/unitedwaynyc. Follow us on Twitter at @unitedwaynyc.

High resolution photos are available here. Photo credit: Hatnim Lee.

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About United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has been a trusted partner to government, corporations and community-based organizations for nearly 80 years. Serving low-income New Yorkers, UWNYC’s collective impact approach enables the diagnosis of neighborhood challenges and the design of solutions to expand education, financial stability and health opportunities. UWNYC then deploys resources and volunteers while also driving policy change that is guided by measured results. UWNYC envisions caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. Learn more at www.unitedwaynyc.org.

About FedEx
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $58 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.