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The First Day Project held its First Day School Supply Drive Saturday at Wood Intermediate School in Davenport. Local school officials estimate the program could help the about 20,000 students in the Quad Cities who currently receive free or reduced lunch.

As a part of First Day, area schools, volunteers and the U.S. Postal Service coordinate to provide families with free school supplies if they need them. Families in the Illinois Quad Cities were invited to leave donations for the drive outside their doors last month and Iowa quad cities families were asked to do that Saturday.  

Postal carriers picked those donations up and delivered them to Wood Intermediate School for a team of about 50 volunteers to sort through.

The program has been in place for about 17 years now and is estimated to have helped more than 200,000 area students.

Families in both Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities are eligible for the program.

If your family needs the help, all you have to do is contact your school secretary to have your name added to a list of families needing supplies.

School officials say there is definitely a need for the program here in QCA - in Davenport alone, about 62 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch.

The program is still accepting donations through The Community Foundation.