Louisville’s PTA is hosting its annual back-to-school clothing blitz this week and officials say they expect a large turnout this year for the program, which serves less fortunate Jefferson County Public Schools students.
The clothing assistance program, or CAP, last year served between 1,000 to 1,500 students just during blitz week, according to CAP director Paula Wolf.
“It has been growing,” said Wolf. “This year we are already booked through August 30 and we start August 6th so we think its even going to be more people this year. We served almost 7,000 last year and we didn’t fill up this fast so I’m definitely anticipating a growth spurt this year.”
This year’s goal is to serve 10,000 students and families, said Wolf.
“The rate of free and reduced lunch is way above 10 percent and 10,000 students would just be 10 percent of the JCPS population. So we would feel that that would be a doable goal,” she said.
Students must be referred to the nearly 40-year-old program. They’ll receive a free uniform including a polo shirt, pants, belt, socks and underwear. Families are also offered certain used clothing for free.
Eligible families can seek assistance from CAP twice a year in the fall and spring, but Wolf said during blitz week nearly 200 hundred families will be served each day.
The CAP program is located at 319 S. 15th Street.
For more information call 502-485-7062.