In 2019, more than 50% of Albany students qualified for free or reduced price lunches. This means that more than 5,000 Albany students began the last school year while living close to or at the poverty level. With unemployment levels reaching record highs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our students need our support more now than ever before.

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In Albany, our Fill the Canoe distribution partner is FACT (Families and Schools Together). FACT is the Health and Social Service program for Greater Albany Public Schools. By connecting vulnerable students and families with available community services and resources, FACT empowers Albany kids to succeed as they pursue their education. Distributing school supplies raised by the community during Fill the Canoe is just one of the many ways FACT achieves this mandate.

As Albany students begin the 2020-2021 school year, they are facing new challenges that come with unique requirements. Your donations will help FACT acquire the necessary resources to support Albany students throughout the coming school year.

100% of the funds raised through our online Fill the Canoe Back to School Drive will be matched by Red Canoe Credit Union*, then given directly to Greater Albany Public Schools.

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*Donations made to Fill the Canoe through this site will be matched dollar for dollar by Red Canoe Credit Union, up to a maximum of 25% above 2019 total giving levels. Donations to Fill the Canoe are not tax deductible.