Oct 20, 2016

The Book Fairy Project Comes to The Opportunity Alliance

Families at the Women, Infants, and Children Program Each Receive a Free Book

PORTLAND (October 2016) The Book Fairy Pantry Project, a grassroots family literacy movement, is working to get books to very young children through food pantries and The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) WIC offices throughout Cumberland County. Each new family enrolled in the WIC program is given a free book supplied by the Book Fairy Project. The Project is also supporting TOA’s book supply by providing books for the lobby of our 510 Cumberland Avenue location in Portland.

•One child in four in the U.S. does not learn to read
•The number one indicator that children will be ready to learn to read when they arrive at school is age appropriate children's books in their home and being read to daily from birth on
•Two thirds of the 15.5 million children living in poverty in the U.S. do not have even one book to call their own
•There is no shortage of gently used, quality books in this country, only a shortage of redistribution of these books


Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutritional education program which provides supplemental foods to promote good health for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. WIC, funded through a federal grant, also provides health care referrals. For more information on WIC or any of The Opportunity Alliance’s programs, please contact Jim Gemmell: