L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans’ Community Resource Centers Distribute Free Backpacks and School Supplies in August

Back-to-school giveaways help reduce financial stress for L.A. County families

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

LOS ANGELES – L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise health plans announced today they will distribute free backpacks filled with school supplies for Los Angeles County students from kindergarten through college on August 5th in Inglewood. This is the third year in a row that the two health plans have held this backpack event series.

The back-to-school giveaway events come as rising inflation is putting more financial strain on families. The events are open to the public, and they will take place in locations throughout Los Angeles County.

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, seven out of 10 Americans view inflation as the top problem facing the country, and the current price of many consumer goods has increased at the fastest year-over-year rate in four decades.

L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise recognize this is an especially difficult time for low-income communities, and the back-to school events are the latest example of how the health plans’ Community Resource Centers are addressing social determinants of health, such as income security.          

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 CEO. “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 James Cruz, MD and 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 Resource Centers to help them live a healthy life.”

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

The following is the address to the Inglewood 2022 back-to-school events hosted by L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise.

Friday, August 5 | walk-up only
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Community Resource Center in Inglewood   
2864 W. Imperial Hwy., Inglewood, CA 90303