In Austin, *14% of children live in poverty.
77.9% of students in Austin graduate from high school, 5% below the national average.
4 out of 5 low income families are working and are unable to meet their basic needs.
*Kids Count Data, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Underwear is only one small part of supporting children who struggle with the many consequences of poverty. 7 pairs of new underwear can increase regular school attendance and boost self-esteem for the neediest among us.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America provides after school programming for children who need structure
and support. UFE partners with this vibrant, well-respected group in distributing a week’s supply of
underwear to their participants.
Child Protective Services (CPS) located in Austin is a branch of Texas’ social services department responsible for cases of child abuse and neglect. Children found to live in dangerous situations are removed at a moment’s notice and often leave without any belongings. An assigned social worker takes each child “shopping” in a room stocked with basic needs where they receive UFE underwear.