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Golden State Foods Foundation and United Stationers have donated backpacks full of school supplies for Newton County School System (NCSS) students. In all, 350 backpacks stuffed with school supplies will make it into the hands of NCSS students who need them.  

According to Ms. Joni Smith, Foundation Chair for Golden State Foods, each book bag contains a pack of paper, spiral notebook, pencil case, pencils, markers, crayons, ruler, box of tissues, and a Biscuit Goes to School reading book.  Ms. Smith; Ms. Peta Wiggan, Foundation Communications Chair; Ms. Vicki Riggs, Foundation Treasurer; and Dr. Wayne Morgan, Corporate Vice President of Golden State Foods, delivered and presented the book bags to Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Craig Lockhart on Tuesday, August 4.

“We are most appreciative of Golden State Foods’ contributions to our children,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “For many years now, Golden State Foods has donated school supplies for our students in need and I can assure you, it is greatly appreciated. This will mean a great deal to so many of our students.”

According to Fuhrey, each of the school district’s elementary and middle schools will receive backpacks to distribute to students in need.

Employees from Golden State Foods and United Stationers teamed up to stuff each of the backpacks with school supplies. In all, the group donated 350 backpacks to Newton County Schools; 600 to Gwinnett County Schools; 280 to Rockdale County Schools; 50 to a local women’s shelter; and 40 to the Washington Street Community Center.

According to Smith, the backpacks and school supplies are paid for by the people who work for Golden State Foods, with funding coming through payroll deductions and multiple fundraisers, including their annual golf tournament, which raised in excess of $70,000 in 2014; all of the money collected is put back into the local community.

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools at