Press Release: New Jersey Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia Mobilizes Massive Magazine Delivery for Literacy Programs Statewide
Hoboken, NJ - Marking the United Nation's celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8th, New Jersey Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia (D-Hudson), a lifelong champion of education and basic human rights, has teamed with MagazineLiteracy.org to mobilize the statewide Rise Up for Literacy campaign to deliver 275,000 children's and consumer magazines to literacy programs via the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The magazines are available at no cost for at-risk readers in schools, mentoring, job training, homeless and domestic violence shelters, foster care, and food pantries. Fueled by magazines from consumers and publishers, the Rise Up for Literacy campaign seeks 1 million magazines pledged for literacy nationwide by Earth Day 2015.
Over 275,000 magazines have already been received from Conde Nast, Hearst, Fun for Kidz, Highlights for Children, Cobblestone, and the New Jersey based Comag Marketing Group, with pledges from National Geographic, Active Interest Media, Sappi, and others. Realizing a long-time dream to marry the magazine and foodbank supply chains, hundreds of thousands of magazines are being distributed by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Long Island Cares in areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
Assemblyman Garcia is mobilizing volunteers and literacy programs to Riseup for Literacy at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey warehouse at 31 Evans Terminal on Saturday, September 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Magazines will be available for distribution at the Food Bank: http://magazineliteracy.org/riseup
"The more varied reading materials in the home, the better students perform according to the Educational Testing Service," said Garcia. "This initiative will ensure New Jersey residents who need it most gain access to a plethora of magazines that are educational and fun. If we can create aspark and ignite a love for learning in our youth, we can uplift and empower a whole generation to reach their full potential," he added.