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September 2, 2014 > Union CityÕs American Licorice Company donates school supplies to local children

Union CityÕs American Licorice Company donates school supplies to local children

Submitted By Susan Shimotsu

For the fourth consecutive year, American Licorice Company partnered with Kids In Need Foundation to support Bay Area students by purchasing, shipping and distributing more than 1,700 backpacks to underprivileged schoolchildren in Union City and Hayward on August 26-27.

American Licorice, one of the nationÕs oldest confectionary manufacturers, worked with Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to furnishing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged schoolchildren and underfunded teachers, to provide more than 3,100 backpacks to elementary students in communities near its two factory locations.

In the East Bay, students received backpacks at Guy Emanuele, Jr. Elementary School in Union City on August 26 and Tyrrell Elementary School in Hayward on August 27. Each location featured American Licorice employees distributing the backpacks to kids, using some of their 16 annual paid volunteer hours.

ÒThis grant from American Licorice ensures that many Union City students receive essential school supplies to help make a meaningful difference in their lives,Ó said Dave Smith, executive director of Kids In Need Foundation. ÒIt gives us great joy to know that on the first day of school, these students receive a new backpack filled with supplies including pencils and paper, so they can begin the new school year with the tools they need to learn.Ó

ÒWe are excited to be able to provide backpacks and supplies to children in the East Bay for the fourth straight year,Ó said Steve Walters, Markets and Economic Analyst and Charitable committee member at American Licorice. ÒAmerican Licorice has focused its charitable donations on improving education around Union City where we manufacture Red Vines¨. We are very excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community and provide this resource for the families and children.Ó

For more information, visit Kids In Need Foundation at: or American Licorice Company at

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