BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The first day of school is right around the corner, and Full Moon Bar-B-Que wants to make sure students have the supplies they need to succeed.
The restaurant is accepting anonymous nominations for its Backpack Blessings program through July 28.
Students will be selected based on their needs and will receive an Under Armor backpack filled with supplies, gift cards for a meal at Full Moon, and gift cards to purchase any other things they may need for school .
“We want to do something for kids who are going back to school and can’t afford it, so they have the confidence to go back to school and feel good about themselves,” says David Maluff, co-owner of Full Moon Bar-b-que. “We invest in children, we want them to feel good on their first day of school and to feel confident, which is so important as a youngster, knowing that my parents can’t afford, but we want to help you, we want to show our love to the children, that we care.
Full Moon owners launched the program last year because they saw an increase in need during the pandemic, but say they want to continue to expand the program each year.
This year, 50 backpacks will be sent to families in need and supplies will also be donated to other students.
“In addition to the backpacks, we have made smaller school supply bags which we also distribute. We are going to touch as many as we can,” says Maluff.
Backpacks and supplies will be given to students in each community where there is a Full Moon BBQ restaurant.
“We want to give to every market, not just Birmingham, to every market we have stores in, we want to give back to the community that helps us, so every community that we represent ourselves in,” says Maluff.
Each backpack contains approximately $200 worth of supplies, and Full Moon covers the costs entirely.
Maluff says seeing the impact of the program last year makes her want to see it grow every year.
“It makes you feel good, it’s probably not customers who eat with us, many can’t afford to eat out, so we give them a gift card to eat with us, a gift card to spend for what they love about school, and it’s a good feeling to give to others.We care about our community.
If you would like to nominate a student, click here. Submissions will be accepted until noon on July 28.
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