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August 27, 2013 > American Licorice Company helps needy students receive backpacks

American Licorice Company helps needy students receive backpacks

Submitted By Susan Shimotsu

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, has received a grant from the American Licorice Company to purchase, ship, and distribute approximately 1,806 backpacks with school supplies to students at three local elementary schools. Hillside Elementary in San Leandro will receive 550 backpacks on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. Earlier in the week, backpacks were distributed at Glassbrook Elementary (520 backpacks) and Tyrell Elementary (736 backpacks), both in Hayward.

The family-owned company, with offices in three cities makes its iconic Red Vines candy in Union City. "American Licorice knows it's important for children to have the school supplies they need," said Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Kids In Need Foundation. "This is the third year it has awarded grants to the Kids In Need Foundation so we can distribute backpacks and school supplies in this community."

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

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