Students will be going back to school next month and parents will be racking up large bills for supplies. Saturday in Lincoln, free school supplies were given to low-income families.
This was the eighth year the Center For People In Need has done a back-to-school giveaway. Families received the necessities, including backpacks, pens, pencils and folders.
Huntington Bank released its yearly school supplies index, which found parents of elementary school-aged children are expected to pay five percent more on school supplies this year compared to last year.
"Backpacks are $30 to $40," said Beatty Brasch, the center’s executive director. "There is no way families that we help can afford it." That's because all of the center's clients live at 150 percent of the poverty level or below.
"It's kind of rough because you have also school clothes," said Terrance Blackwell. "This is a big help."
Last year, the center helped 4,000 children.