Free Backpacks, School Supplies at Fresh Start Festival


On Saturday from 12 noon to 5 pm, stop by the DeFremery Park in Oakland and enjoy the Fresh Start Festival. It is a working family and community festival just at the start of a new school year that shows support by distributing free backpacks and school supplies.


Last year, the festival garnered over 7,000 local seniors, adults, and children in Southern California and for the first time this year, Oakland’s renowned DeFremery Park will join in on the fun and community support. The city of Oakland is also the only Northern California location for the Fresh Start Festival this year.


Aside from the much-needed free backpacks and school supplies, festival features include musical performances and other entertainment, free food and drink, health screenings, voter registration, civic and elected leaders and a play area for children.


The festival is hosted by The SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, and the festival’s mission is to help working families have a fresh start for their children at the beginning of the school year to ensure success. It also aims to strengthen ties in the community and to learn about community-based organizations. So, support your community while enjoying the food, music and sunshine.


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DeFremery Park is located at 1651 Adeline St., Oakland.