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Keystone Opportunity Center distributes more than 400 backpacks

Every August, Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton turns its attention to students in need.

With the help of individuals, businesses like Americold, business associations like the Greater Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and community groups like United Way of Bucks County, backpacks of all colors and sizes recently filled Keystone Opportunity Center’s conference room in preparation for the new school year.

This year, Keystone Opportunity Center distributed 425 backpacks filled with school supplies to low-income elementary, middle and high school students in Bucks and Montgomery counties. With two new programs to distribute to – the Family Literacy Program relaunched last November and Fresh For All, the food distribution program taken over last fall – Keystone has been able to distribute more backpacks to clients than ever before. Keystone Opportunity Center also formed partnerships with the Souderton Area School District and the Indian Valley YMCA to distribute backpacks to additional students in need.

School just started, but school supplies may not last all 10 months of school. Additional donations can be made to Keystone Opportunity Center Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, or online at