ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- More than 46,000 people in Winnebago County are living in poverty. Those numbers are from the Social Impact Research Center in Chicago. Many of those barely getting by are kids.
Those kids got help getting their school year off to a good start. On Saturday the Teen Health Advisory Team handed out 850 backpacks to kids from low-income homes. Those bags were filled with notebooks and other school supplies.
After picking up their gear families could also grab a free lunch. It's a simple gesture that means a lot.
"It takes some of the pressure, some of the release off the parents for getting the materials they need for school, so once they get this material they got the stuff already. It just gives them a head start, a fresh start, plus it puts a smile on their face, they got a new bag, new supplies, you know, I like it," Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club Unit Director Mike Ayers, said.
This is the 15th year for rally.
Mosaic Rockford was also giving out school supplies. In just a few hours church volunteers gave out more than 5,000 items.