VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The AidNow's 9th annual Jump Start event, which helps homeless students in Virginia Beach, took place on Thursday.

Food Lion donated fresh and non-perishable product to assemble 500 grocery bags for the students. Not only that, but they also donated hygiene items.

 AidNow partnered with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Social Work Services to help the homeless students K-12 in Virginia Beach.

Jessica Calevas started this donation drive.

"It's better than my birthday, it's better than Christmas, it's better than any day,” said Calevas. "We really want to make sure that they are making the right choices and giving them every opportunity, they have that any other student in Virginia Beach would have."

Volunteers guide families through the school to gather supplies.

Quiana Blyther said she’s grateful for the volunteers time and all of the donations. She said it means a lot.

Third-grader, Aiden Gogdon said he wants the donors to know that they're very (very) nice.

District Superintendent, Dr.Aaron Spence said events like this make all of the difference in the classroom.

"An event like today makes sure that they know that they have such great purposes and a place in our schools and in our community,” said Spence.

The event took place at the Corporate Landing Middle School on Thursday. The event welcomes families to receive the donated items ahead of the school year.

Before the event, Aidnow collected clothes for children all ages, new packaged underwear, new packages men’s boxer briefs, and new packaged Teen Girl Hipsters.

AidNow exists to bring education, health, sanitation, and physical resources together to assist individuals in South Eastern Virginia, Nationally, and Globally.

Last year’s event provided free clothing (including socks and underwear), new shoes, snacks, books, medical screenings, hygiene products, food, haircuts, new backpacks, and school supplies.