LA Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, is holding the last of its Back to School Health and Community Fairs on Saturday, August 11.
The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Boyle Heights Family Resource Centers (FRC), at the Wellness Center in the Old General Hospital on 1200 N. State Street.
There will be 1,000 backpacks filled with rulers, pens, pencils, crayons, and more handed out, one per child aged four and older, while supplies last.
In addition to backpacks, the fair will also provide free dental and vision screenings and free haircuts for kids.
"Children need the proper tools if they are going to succeed in school, and they feel good about themselves when they have those tools," said Maribel Soria, the Regional Manager of the Boyle Heights FRC." LA Care sees this as another part of our healthcare mission to help vulnerable populations."
The fair will also host balloon artists, face painting, snow cones, music and more.
LA Care said that nearly a third of children in LA live and poverty. They said they wanted to help parents provide their children with the essential school supplies that often times fall to the bottom of their lists.
This is their fourth fair this year and the fourth time overall LA Care has hosted the fairs at their FRC's.
Nearly 2,000 backpacks were handed out at the first three community fairs they hosted this year.
Take a look at the photos below of the past LA Care Back to School fairs.