Nonprofit organization, Peoria police hold drive to get school supplies for at-risk teens

Posted at 9:11 PM, Jul 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 01:25:43-04

In Peoria on Sunday, a nonprofit organized partnered up with police to make the start of school a success for more than 100 at-risk teens. 

"We want them to go back to school in their high school career with everything their peers have," said Ruth Langford.

Langford is the executive director and founder of The Hart Pantry.

The Peoria Police Explorers volunteered their time while the department offered up their police patrol vehicle so they could "Stuff the Cruiser" with school supplies.

The HART Pantry provides teens with food every week, along with basic hygiene products and school supplies to keep them thriving, instead of falling behind.

"We are helping our future if we get our kids through high school," Langford explained.

The supply drive is now over, but Langford said they are always looking for volunteers and donations year round.

You can search for The HART Pantry on Facebook and send them a message for more information.