Office Depot’s community investment programs foster brighter
beginnings for families and educators at schools nationwide
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2018--
Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business
services and supplies, products and technology solutions, helped
thousands of students, parents and teachers go “Back to School Proud”
this year through its newest philanthropic program, Start Proud!™. The
Start Proud! program was created to make a substantial difference in the
lives of deserving students, parents and teachers at Title I schools
across the country by ensuring they receive the supplies they need to
Office Depot associates hosted backpack bundling bashes in local markets
where they filled 20,000 backpacks, valued collectively at over $1
million, with back-to-school essentials like notebooks, folders, pencils
and glue. The backpacks were distributed to students at the beginning of
the 2018 school year during ten celebratory assemblies nationwide. The
initiative kicked off in Atlanta on Aug. 3 and continued with visits in
San Francisco, Austin, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Chicago and across
Office Depot’s hometown state of Florida.
Office Depot, in partnership with Boise Paper and Domtar Paper, also
provided pallets of school supplies to teachers at each of the ten
schools. In addition, one “All-Star” educator was recognized at each
Start Proud! assembly with approximately $1,000 worth of premium
supplies including computers and classroom furniture, to celebrate their
extraordinary efforts in the classroom.
“At Office Depot, we are committed to supporting education by providing
supplies to schools and teachers, and by giving students the tools they
need to feel prepared, confident and proud as they begin the new school
year,” said Jerri DeVard, executive vice president and chief customer
officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Giving back to local schools has been a
cornerstone of our 30-year investment to advance education. The Start
Proud! initiative is a natural evolution to our focus of positively
impacting students and teachers.”
Office Depot’s other significant back-to-school philanthropic programs
Office Depot’s School Supply Drive: This summer through Sept.
29, customers were provided with the opportunity to give back to local
Title I schools by purchasing extra supplies and placing them in
collection boxes in their neighborhood Office Depot and OfficeMax
retail stores. Through this initiative, over 1,000 schools were
designated by Office Depot to receive the collected school supplies.
Give Back to Schools Program: Through Office Depot’s Give
Back to Schools program, customers are able to help the Pre-K
through 12th grade school of their choice earn 5% back in credits by
making qualifying purchases1 online at OfficeDepot.com,
in-store and by phone at 1-800-GO-DEPOT (800-463-3768) and providing
the school’s name or ID number at checkout. Office Depot has issued
more than $30 million in credits over the years through this program,
which helps to support local schools all year long.
Additionally, Office Depot recently teamed up with the National PTA for
the start of the school year and beyond. As a Proud National Sponsor,
Office Depot will help to fuel key programs and initiatives to further
family engagement, strengthen family-school partnerships and share
For more details, visit an Office Depot or OfficeMax retail location
near you, download the Office Depot app or find us online at officedepot.com.
About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) is a leading provider of business
services and supplies, products and technology solutions through its
fully integrated omni-channel platform of approximately 1,400 stores,
online presence, and dedicated sales professionals and technicians to
small, medium and enterprise businesses. Through its banner brands
Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, CompuCom® and Grand&Toy®, the company offers
its customers the tools and resources they need to focus on their
passion of starting, growing and running their business. For more
information, visit officedepot.com,
download the Office Depot app on your iPhone
and follow @officedepot on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a
trademark of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc.
Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2018 Office
Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names
mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
1 Qualifying purchases exclude technology and consumer
electronic products and accessories, media and software that is not
education or reference related; furniture and furniture accessories; ink
and toner; gift and prepaid cards; postage stamps and purchase from
print and copy centers; and purchases made to contract business accounts
and by resellers. Visit OfficeDepot.com/givebts for details.
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Shera Bishop, 561-438-6027