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Getting reading materials down the last mile into hands, homes, and hearts

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Delivery of magazines to the Bethany House of Hospitality location on Hamilton Ave across from Columbus Park in Trenton NJ

Trenton NJ is at the heart of our global literacy promise. Our mission to share favorite magazines sent to us by consumers and publishers relies on spirited community efforts to reach across the last mile and into hands and homes of readers.

Library Boxes of Trenton New Jersey is an ingenious idea by Jacque Howard that upcycles news boxes into neighborhood libraries. We want to see that idea spread to every community coast to coast.

Many years ago, Lorraine Smith, who was directing the Catholic Charities food pantry in downtown Trenton, welcomed our magazines for families receiving groceries. That’s turned into a long-time partnership that recently delivered a barrel of Highlights for Children magazines to school children in Jamaica. This year, the International Literacy Association has selected Jamaica as their focus for the upcoming United Nation’s celebration of International Literacy Day on Sept 8, which is also the birthday of MagazineLiteracy.org.

We’ve long believed that we should feed reading materials to kids and families via the same channels that bring hunger relief, an idea moved forward with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force, and foodbanks and food pantries in many other states,  with early leadership by Katie Simmons, Greg Barber, Vanika Mock, and so many others, and, thanks to Team Duffy, who not only airlifted 2,000 magazines to the Inuit north of the Arctic Circle, but have set up a literacy newsstand at their own food pantry near Toronto. We are now manufacturing and placing our first 100 Literacy Newsstands thanks to a generous gift from the Widen company in Madison, WI. 


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  • Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community, and Education

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    School or Library
    San Bernardino, CA
    Need magazines for 22 males and 18 females between the ages of 11-16 years old
    Magazines Requested: Boys Life, Girls Life, National Geographic, Odyssey, Dig, Owl, Cobblestone, Ask en EspaƱol, Faces, Jack and Jill

  • Loogootee Elementary

    Loogootee Elementary

    School
    Loogootee, IN
    Serving male and female students from kindergarten to third grade.
    Needs: Enough magazines for 1-20 low level readers and 1-20 medium level readers from the months of August through June.

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

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