Twin Cities free school supplies center reopens

11:15 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A foundation that offers free school supplies to needy students in Minneapolis and St. Paul is reopening its distribution center after being closed for a year.

The Kids in Need Foundation closed its Twin Cities Resource Center last year after one of its partners, which provided staffing and space, pulled out.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the center will provide about 3,000 teachers with free school supplies starting next week.

Teachers can pick up the supplies if they're at a school where 70 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. That covers about 40,000 students in 90 schools in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Kids in Need Foundation executive director Dave Smith says teachers are often the ones who pay for supplies for needy students.

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