There are nearly 270,000
homeless children in California
that live without
their basic material needs met.
That’s a problem.

California's Supply Bank
is a solution.

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July 3, 2014

Volunteer with K to College This Summer


It has been a busy year for K to College as we continue working towards establishing a statewide “Supply Bank” to address the material needs of California’s disadvantaged children and youth. Please join us on Sunday, August 24 to support K to College by volunteering at our annual Berkeley Volunteer Event!

Berkeley Volunteer Event: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Join us on Sunday, August 24, 2014 for K to College's Annual Berkeley Volunteer Event. The event will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of the UC Berkeley International House, at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way in Berkeley. We will assemble many hundreds of school supply kits and dental kits that will be given to children eligible for the free & reduced lunch program attending Berkeley Public Schools.

  • RSVP via Eventbrite!
  • For inquiries contact Georgia Faulkner,, (510) 569-5862

June 23, 2014

K to College’s 5th Anniversary Reception

Awardees and special guests at 5th Anniversary Reception
Pictured Above (from left to right): Mayor of Dublin and K to College Board Member Tim Sbranti, San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman George Miller, K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson, K to College Board Chair Don Solem, San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, KTVU News Reporter John Sasaki, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier

On Saturday, June 21st, K to College celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a reception at the Berkeley City Club. The evening featured many of California’s most respected civic and corporate leaders to support K to College’s objective for the next few years: to build a statewide supply bank that can meet the basic material needs of our state’s 270,000 homeless kids. An awards ceremony emceed by KTVU News' John Sasaki recognized numerous longtime supporters of K to College, including:

  • Congressman George Miller, recipient of "K to College Founder Award"
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recipient of "K to College Founder Award"
  • State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, recipient of "K to College Hero Award"
  • San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen, David Chiu and Mark Farrell, recipients of "K to College Social Innovator Award"
  • Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
  • California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel
  • Give Something Back Office Supplies (represented by Mike Hannigan, Co-Founder & President), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Mechanics Bank (represented by Dick Stephenson, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Risk Officer), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Huawei Technologies (represented by Alison Jenkin, Senior Director of Government & Community Affairs), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Comcast (represented by Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Kaiser Permanente (represented by John Garcia, Vice President, Government Relations), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Target (represented by Dean Robinson, ‎District Team Leader), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"

Pictured Above (from left to right): Richard Stephenson, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Mechanics Bank; Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment, Comcast; Mike Hannigan, Co-Founder & President, Give Something Back Office Supplies; Nancy Skinner, Assemblywoman, 15th District; Dean Robinson, ‎District Team Leader, Target; Alison Jenkin, Senior Director of Government & Community Affairs, Huawei Technologies; John Garcia, Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente

Special Thanks to K to College's 5th Anniversary Reception Sponsors:

California Champion

Give Something Back Office Supplies
Kaiser Permanente
Huawei Technologies

Campus Hero

Mechanics Bank
Mr. Sean Carr and Mrs. Irene Lee

Schoolhouse Star California Teachers Association
The Honorable John Pérez

Classroom Booster

Berkeley Lions Club
KICU/KTVU TV36 Cox Media Friend of K to College

Emerge California
East Bay Community Foundation
Lozano Smith

Host Committee

Mr. & Mrs. Don Solem
City of Berkeley Councilmember, Gordon Wozniak
City of Berkeley Councilmember, Linda Maio
City of Berkeley Councilmember, Maxwell Anderson
Mayor of Dublin, Tim Sbranti
Mr. Steve Larson

April 1, 2014

K to College is Building a Supply Bank

K to College is building a statewide supply bank, similar to a food bank, as a sustainable nonprofit solution to efficiently and systematically provide basic material needs assistance to all homeless and other under-resourced kids. This collaborative project involves manufacturers, several public agencies, corporate partners and more than 200 school districts and county offices of education.

Children Go Without Basic Material Needs Met

During the 2012-2013 school year, nearly 270,000 children and youth enrolled in California public schools were identified as homeless according to the California Department of Education (CDE). Based on academic research, a survey of more than 200 school district homeless liaisons and our own experiences with school districts that represent more than 90% of this population, we can conclude that the basic material needs of these children and youth are largely unmet. These are kids attending school without school supplies, clean clothes, the ability to brush their teeth and other symptoms of basic material needs going unmet.

While there are several actions needed to alleviate the many hardships faced by homeless children, the lack or absence of basic material needs assistance, which additionally impacts other impoverished kids, reflects the overwhelming need for one piece of the puzzle. Not discrediting the numerous community supply drives and like-minded efforts throughout California and the United States each year, they are in large part isolated to one particular community and thus lack scalability. Additionally, nearly all of these efforts do not coordinate with school districts, which are the only entities that can systematically distribute to those children and youth most in need.

Above: California's K-12 homeless population by county. Los Angeles County accounts for roughly one-fifth of the state's total with more than 60,000 homeless children and youth. In total, there were just under 270,000 kids statewide and likely more than 300,000 when accounting for children in the 0-5 age range.

The Need to Build a Statewide Supply Bank and How It Reaches Kids Throughout the State

What is needed for California to meet the basic material needs of children and youth is a statewide supply bank, similar to a food bank, which can efficiently and systematically provide assistance to all homeless and other under-resourced kids by working with local school districts and county offices of education. Food Banks were created to serve as a centralized distribution hub that could achieve economies of scale and simplify the process for farmers, government agencies and other parties to fight hunger, while also sending food to organizations on the front lines of hunger such as soup kitchens, shelters, churches and other organizations.

K to College’s supply bank will serve as the central distribution hub, with school districts and domestic violence shelters serving as front line organizations that systematically distribute to kids most in-need. Moving in this direction, K to College has partnered with more than 200 school districts and county offices of education establishing the statewide structure to systematically provide every homeless child with basic material needs assistance.

As required by the U.S. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, each school district designates at least one McKinney-Vento (homeless) liaison. Often the point person(s) for our program coordination and planning, each liaison identifies homeless children enrolled in their district and is responsible for distributing goods, referring services and other support measures. To identify preschool-aged children we work with County First 5 Commissions, who can identify the best programs and/or shelters. Although eligible, children and youth residing in domestic violence shelters are not identified through the McKinney-Vento law, as their privacy is critical. Therefore, K to College partners with these shelters directly for distribution to the kids residing in their facilities.

Moving Forward

Preparing to distribute resources to several tens of thousands of kids in more than 200 school districts this coming year, K to College is continuing to develop additional partnerships to make this vision a reality – benefiting all under-resourced children and youth in California.

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March 20, 2014

KTVU Surprises K to College with $10,000 from Chicken of the Sea

Chicken of the Sea presents a check for $10,000 to K to College

OAKLAND, California- K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson visited the set of KTVU’s Bay Area People for an interview about K to College’s efforts to provide homeless children with basic material needs. On set, Benito Delgado-Olson sat with KTVU’s Lisa Yokota and explained K to College’s growth from a student group at UC Berkeley to the largest charitable school and dental supply program in the state. Benito was then joined by Chicken of the Sea’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Christie Fleming, who surprised him with a $10,000 check!

Chicken of the Sea’s nationwide Mermaid Pay It Forward movement will give $10,000 to 100 public service-minded nonprofits and individuals across the nation as part of their “Great American Gratitude Tour”. The San Diego-based company is celebrating 100 years in business by investing $1 million in worthy causes to assist and promote community development.

On behalf of K to College, thank you Chicken of the Sea! Your support is greatly appreciated!

March 12, 2014

K to College Presents to California Select Committee on Homelessness

SACRAMENTO, California – California State Assembly Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) convened a hearing of the Select Committee on Homelessness to identify the challenges and needs of homeless students in California’s public education system. The hearing focused on students identified as homeless in public schools pursuant to the United States McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson presented as part of a panel on the role of community benefit organizations in assisting this population. His presentation focused on the material needs of homeless children and youth across the state and the unique position K to College is in to build a statewide supply bank to alleviate this need efficiently and systematically. K to College’s presentation also included responses from a survey of more than 200 homeless liaisons across the state, identifying specific challenges and impacts a lack of basic material needs has on local homeless youth.

The hearing also included powerful testimonies from formerly homeless students, several state and local education administrators who oversee the McKinney-Vento population, a representative from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Office, and other stakeholders from higher education. Several homeless liaisons from throughout the state also testified, providing insight on the role of homeless education liaisons in identifying, tracking, and serving homeless students. Melissa Schoonmaker, the Homeless Education Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, presented on the unique challenges homeless students and their families face, particularly the impact of homelessness on physical health, mental health, and education. Additionally, Debra Sanders from the Sonoma County Office of Education and Karen Alexander from the San Diego County Office of Education testified at the hearing.

The bipartisan Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness was created in 2011 to determine the scope and impact of homelessness in California, and to recommend policies to address and end homelessness. Members include Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Richard Bloom, (D-LA), Rocky Chávez (R-San Diego), Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento), Matthew Dababneh (D-LA), Paul Fong (D-San Jose), Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Long Beach), and Mariko Yamada (D-Sacramento).

March 5, 2014

Kaiser Permanente Features Support of K to College at Cal Basketball Game

Kaiser Permanente representatives present a $10,000 check to K to College

BERKELEY, California – As part of a statewide partnership with Kaiser Permanente, K to College was featured during the Cal vs. Utah Basketball game at the Haas Pavilion on the UC Berkeley Campus. Kaiser Permanente has partnered with K to College to raise awareness of the nonprofit's effort to provide all low-income students in California with the materials they need to be successful. K to College promotions were displayed on electronic billboards and several videos were shown during the game. The organization also received the official game ball and was awarded a $10,000 check on the court from Kaiser. K to College Board Chair Don Solem was interviewed by ABC’s local radio station KGO, where he highlighted the nonprofits close ties to the University and commitment to serving the community.

K to College hosted an Appreciation Reception prior to the game at the Alumni House to acknowledge local supporters, volunteers and corporate partners.

February 24, 2014

Comcast SportsNet Highlights Distribution of School Supplies to San Francisco Kids

Children at Hillcrest Elementary School

SAN FRANCISCO, California – As part of their ongoing statewide partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Target Inc., K to College provided all students at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco with tote bags full of school and dental supplies. Each kit was valued at $65. Guests included San Francisco Superintendent Richard Carranza, who engaged with students in a Q&A session, during which he described his own path from public schools to college and eventually as Superintendent.

Rounding off an awareness campaign sponsored by Target and Kaiser Permanente, Comcast SportsNet brought a camera crew and sports reporter Fallon Smith, who spoke to students about the importance of education and its role in the sports world. This was the final distribution of school supplies to more than 30 schools in San Francisco for the 2013-2014 school year. This year’s distribution in San Francisco provided more than 12,000 students with these critical materials.

February 20, 2014

Number of Homeless Children & Youth in California Increases to Nearly 270,000

Map of homelessness in California

During the 2012-2013 school year, nearly 270,000 children and youth were identified as homeless according to data recently released by the California Department of Education (CDE).

The 269,663 homeless students enrolled in California K-12 schools for the 2012-2013 school year is the highest number on record, and an eight percent increase over the previous school year. The CDE identifies homeless students according to the United States McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (the Act). A federal law intended to ensure immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth, the Act includes all circumstances in the Housing and Urban Development definition, but also includes families who are “doubled up.” Examples of this include but are not limited to those living in a garage, multiple families living in one apartment, and “couch surfing”. Even with the extended population included in the McKinney-Vento count, experts in the field believe the number of homeless children in California is undercounted.

In relation to the country, California has the largest numbers of homeless students, followed by New York, Texas, and Florida. Thirty-four counties reported school year-to-year increases in the number of homeless students, with ten counties reporting increases of twenty percent or more. Counties with the largest increases were Santa Clara (78%), San Mateo (33%), and Sacramento (28%). Los Angeles County continues to have the greatest concentration of homeless children (more than 60,000), followed by San Bernardino (more than 33,000), Orange (more than 33,000), and Riverside (more than 22,000).