Hundreds of Backpacks & Gift Cards Distributed by Good Shepherd Services to Students

New York, NY – Good Shepherd Services (GSS), one of NYC’s largest youth services providers, is distributing over 2,000 backpacks along with Target and Old Navy gift cards across their program sites in New York City to aid families with back-to-school clothes and supplies. The backpacks are filled with additional important school supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer, and calculators to help students learn and stay safe in the classroom. Providing these supplies to students was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Union Beer Distributors, a division of The Sheehan Family Companies.

“The pandemic has caused substantial financial hardship for many families throughout the city, and this school year provides unique challenges as parents send their kids back to school while also trying to keep them safe,” said Michelle Yanche, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services. “We are proud that we can lend parents and students a helping hand during these incredibly challenging times, equipping them with the vital school supplies they need to not only learn, but also stay safe this school year.”

Union Beer Distributors has partnered with Good Shepherd Services over the past three years. Their generous support has enabled 3,100 elementary and middle school students to access high quality, youth-centered after-school programming, and given students the opportunity to grow and learn beyond the traditional classroom. This partnership has transformed the lives of more than 1,200 students who were off-track for graduation and then successfully went on to earn their high school diploma.

Union Beer Distributors, a division of the Sheehan Family Companies, is a beverage distribution company with facilities in Brooklyn, New York and Secaucus, New Jersey.  Union Beer’s service area encompasses New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island.  Customers are offered an extensive portfolio of world class beer, cider, kombucha, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.  The company is committed to providing the highest level of service in the industry via its expert sales consultation and best in class order fulfillment capabilities.  Union Beer proudly supports its local communities through charitable giving and outreach.