CHOICES moved thousands of book bags, food

Hundreds of children got free book bags and thousands of pounds of food at the Let's Move! DeKalb Back-to-School Expo at the Intergenerational Center at Exchange Park on July 28.

More than 1,600 people attended and more than 1,100 backpacks  and 30,000 pounds of food were distributed to kids heading back to school.  

The event, in its eighth year, was organized by the Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (CHOICES), DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, and the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority.

Families also got health, financial and nutrition information provided by local organizations.

Vanetta Keyes, CHOICES executive director, declared the event a success.

"Our goal this year was to help families stretch their dollars by providing them with school supplies and fresh groceries,” she said. “In this way, families could focus on the many other items needed get their children ready for school."

Johnson said the event shows that residents are practicing living well.

"I'm really proud that collectively we were able to execute another great event that connected the residents of DeKalb County with resources, fresh vegetables, backpacks and school supplies for our children,” he said.