LA Care Community Resource Centers and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans are giving away free backpacks and school supplies in July and August

Giving back to school helps reduce financial stress for families in Los Angeles County

All events will be held outdoors and staff will follow recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines.

THE ANGELS, July 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — LA Care Health Plans and Blue Shield of California Promise announced today that they will give away up to 33,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies to Los Angeles County students from kindergarten through college in July and August. This is the third year in a row that the two health plans have held this series of backpacking events.

Back-to-school gift-giving events come as rising inflation puts more financial strain on families. The events are open to the public and will be held at various locations Los Angeles Countyincluding health plans’ jointly managed community resource centers, from July 9 to August 13, 2022. Six of the 11 events will also feature free grocery bags.

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, seven in 10 Americans consider inflation the biggest problem facing the country, and the current price of many consumer goods has increased at the fastest annual rate in four decades.

LA Care and Blue Shield Promise recognize that this is a particularly difficult time for low-income communities, and the back-to-school events are the latest example of how health plans’ community resource centers are addressing social determinants of health, such as safety of income.

With more families feeling the pinch of inflation everywhere from the supermarket to the gas station, we are delighted to be easing some of the costs associated with preparing for the new school year,” said John Baacks, CEO of LA Care. “Families need to focus on school readiness, not what supplies they can save on to make ends meet.”

To best serve large numbers of attendees, eight of the 11 events will be held in venues that can accommodate both drive-in and walk-in formats. Three events will be held at the Community Resource Centers in Inglewood, Norwalkand Metro LA (Koreatown).

“We want to bring some peace of mind to families affected by rising costs due to inflation and provide students throughout Los Angeles County with backpacks, food and other necessary school supplies to ensure a successful school year,” they said James Cruise, MD and Chief Medical Officer of 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 Resource Centers to help them live healthy lives.”

LA Care and Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Centers offer a range of free classes, programs and services designed to improve the health and well-being of their members and surrounding communities, which includes addressing social needs. To learn more about community resource centers, visit activehealthyinformed.org.

The following is a list of 2022 back-to-school events hosted by LA Care and Blue Shield Promise.

Saturday, July 9 | driving/walking
10 in the morning14 hours
Palomares Park
499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona, California 91767

Friday, July 15 | driving/walking
10 in the morning14 hours
Linwood High School
4050 E. Imperial Hwy., Lynnwood, California 90262

Saturday, July 16 | driving/walking
It will include food distribution
10 in the morning14 hours
USC parking lot
Guest Plot P10 (Corner of Zonal and State St.)

Friday, July 22 | driving/walking
It will include food distribution
10 in the morning14 hours
Palmdale High School (football field parking lot on 20th St. East between Ave. R and Palmdale Blvd.)
2137 E. Ave. R Palmdale, California 93550

Saturday, July 23 | driving/walking
10 in the morning14 hours
Sera Medical Clinic
375 St. Fernando Road, Sun Valley, California 91352

Friday, July 29 | driving/walking
It will include food distribution
10 in the morning14 hours
East LA College (Stadium at 2000 Bleakwood Ave.)
Monterey Park, California 91754 (corner of Bleakwood Ave. and W. Floral Dr.)

Saturday, July 30 | driving/walking
10 in the morning14 hours
The Monte High School
3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte, California 91731

Saturday, July 30 | just walking
It will include food distribution
9 in the morning1 in the afternoon
Metro LA Community Resource Center (Koreatown)
1233 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, California 90006

Friday, August 5 | just walking
10 in the morning14 hours
Community Resource Center in Inglewood
2864 W. Imperial Hwy., Inglewood, California 90303

Saturday, August 6 | just walking
It will include food distribution
10 in the morning14 hours
Community Resource Center in Norwalk
11721 Rosecrans Ave., Norwalk, California 90650

Saturday, August 13 | driving/walking
It will include food distribution
10 in the morning14 hours
High school ban
527 Lakme Ave., Los Angeles, California 90744

About LA Care Health Plan
LA Care Health Plan serves more than 2.5 million members in the Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly managed health plan in the country. LA Care offers four health coverage plans, including Medi-Cal, LA Care Covered™, LA Care Cal MediConnect and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public organization, LA Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for vulnerable and low-income communities in Los Angeles County and to support the safety net necessary to achieve this goal. LA Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, enhancing health care for all of Los Angeles County. For more information, visit lacare.org or follow us TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan is a managed care organization wholly owned by Blue Shield of California, offering Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect. Led by healthcare professionals with a “members first” philosophy and committed to building a quality provider network and partnership with community organizations for more than 450,000 members. For more information about the Blue Shield of California Promise health plan, please visit www.blueshieldca.com/promise. For more news about Blue Shield at California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com. Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitteror Facebook.

Media contacts:
LA Care – Greek penny
(310) 613-8309
[email protected]

Blue Shield Promise – Olga Gallardo
(323) 537-6364
[email protected]

SOURCE Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

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