Stewart Joins Office Depot for Backpack Program

Office Dept Backpack  Program 275With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Kansas City this weekend, championship contender Tony Stewart is getting a head start on the weekend. Stewart, who is sponsored by Office Depot, is joining the Office Depot Foundation this afternoon to donate more than 2,200 backpacks to Kansas City-area nonprofit organizations and schools. The “Back-To-School Backpack Celebration” takes place on site at an area Office Depot store.

The backpack program is a cornerstone of the Office Depot Foundation. The organization will have donated over two million backpacks by the end of 2009. But it doesn’t stop with backpacks.

The Office Depot Foundation is focusing on the following five strategic priorities for a period of five years. This collective effort is known as the “5 X 5 Program.”

The five areas include: Helping children get ready for life and work; Helping non-profit (civil society) organizations become more professional and productive; Enhancing disaster relief and recovery; Strengthening local communities; and Promoting global development (a href=”http://www.officedepotfoundation.org/index.asp”>Office Depot Foundation).