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L.A. Care, Blue Shield to hand out backpacks


Up to 33,000 backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out free of charge to Los Angeles County students from kindergarten through college this month and next, according to an announcement by L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise.

It’s the third year the two health plans have held the back-to-school giveaways, which will take place this year at a series of events throughout Los Angeles County.

“With more families feeling the pinch of inflation everywhere from the supermarket to the gas station, we are glad to alleviate some of the costs associated with gearing up for a new school year,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care chief executive officer. “Families should be focused on school readiness, and not on what supplies they can skimp on to make ends meet.”

“We want to bring some peace of mind to families impacted by rising costs due to inflation, and to provide students across L.A. County with backpacks, food, and other necessary school supplies to help ensure a successful school year,” said Dr. James Cruz, chief medical officer for Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan.

“Through these back-to-school events, everyone can also learn about the vital resources available at our Community Resources Centers to help them live a healthy life,” he said.

The event will include a food giveaway, as well, on Friday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palmdale High School, 2137 E. Avenue R (football field parking lot on 20th St. East between Ave. R and Palmdale Blvd.).

For a list of all the giveaway locations in Los Angeles County, visit: