Back to school shopping is underway, but some parents do not have extra money to buy clothes. The Jefferson County Public Schools' Clothing Assistance Program or CAP is helping make ends meet for parents. It provides everything from school uniforms to shoes all for free.
"I'm a single mom so I was worried about trying to get the uniforms plus pay the regular bills," said Tricia Butler.
Like many, her hours were cut at work and she needed a little extra help. Butler turned to CAP for free, new uniforms for her son.
"The uniforms, the underwear, the socks, belt whatever they need," Butler said.
She is one of hundreds taking advantage of the extra help this year. Last year nearly 6,000 JCPS students and families participated in CAP, but this year program Director Paula Wolf said they plan to cloth 10,000 students and families.
"A lot of the parents will come in very timidly and say I've never had to ask for clothes before how do I even think about doing this," said Paula Wolf, CAP director.
Students who attend schools that do not require a uniform may shop in the family room. Parents are also allowed to shop for free.
"If money is tight the last person to get clothes is going to be mom and dad so we have everything from business suites for men and women to just regular work pants," Wolf said.
The family room also provides gently-used clothing for other family members including babies.
"I don't have to worry about coming up with that extra money to get the you know uniforms and everything I can concentrate on the other stuff they might need," Butler said.
CAP runs throughout the school year. Anyone interested in the program should contact their home school. The program is supported through local donations.