Valley Behavioral Health hosts back to school drive-thru for at-risk Salt Lake County kids to receive hundreds of donated school supplies

Valley Behavioral Health, a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral and health conditions, hosted its third annual Children’s Services Back to School event at the Maverik Center in West Valley City to provide school supplies for hundreds of at-risk kids. This year’s event featured a drive-thru where current Valley clients received free lunch, shoes and backpacks as they pulled through the parking lot. Non-clients also were welcomed with free lunch prepare students for the upcoming school year.

“With so many concerns going around about how schooling will be conducted this year, the last thing we want kids and parents to worry about is how to get new school supplies,” said Gary Larcenaire, CEO and president of Valley Behavioral Health. “Our Back to School drive-thru is a perfect opportunity for us to safely prepare some of the most vulnerable youth in our state with basic tools they’ll need for the upcoming school year. We’re grateful to have found a way to keep such an important event coming back again.” 

“Seeing so many cars lined up with students getting ready to go back to school is a strong reminder of how important it is to equip kids with the right tools in order for them to be successful,” Larcenaire continued. “This drive-thru also is just one example of how Valley is able to provide our clients and non-clients with services that will benefit them long past the event itself. We look forward to continuing our work and helping those most in need.”

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