16 May 2018

Mainfreight Collaborates with Books in Homes to Strengthen Literacy within Our Communities

Books In Homes USA Is A 501(C)3 Non-Profit That Addresses The Problem Of “Booklessness” By Providing Disadvantaged Children With High Quality Books Of Their Own Choosing.

As the end of this academic year nears and final report cards are sent home, many parents are searching for ways  they can boost their children’s academic performance for the coming year. Newly published research points to a simple, effective answer: Build up your home library. Books in the home are strongly linked to academic achievement and aids in development of children's communication and literacy skills.


Here at Mainfreight, setting new targets and challenging ourselves on a daily basis is a big part of our culture. We look for it in the people we hire, the businesses we work with and the communities we support. With that said, we are a proud supporter of the Books in Homes initiative. Each participating student receives a minimum of five new books each year. As the end of the school year approaches, Mainfreight and Books in Homes partner together in visiting the participating schools to recognize one outstanding student in each location with The Mainfreight Award for Excellence in Attitude.


The goal of this initiative is to break the cycle of “booklessness” by providing disadvantaged children with quality books of their own choosing and enhance their desire to read. With literacy being one of the most important foundations for success in school and later in life, this program assists crucial early literacy engagement and supports the development of reading skills and habits needed for lifelong success.

Stay tuned and make sure you follow Mainfreight Americas Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as we will be sharing more on the end-of-year awards and book giveaways.


Since its inception 20+ years ago in New Zealand, the program known as “Duffy Books in Homes” has grown rapidly and has become a worldwide initiative. In 2008, with the help of Dr. Richard Quest and Kevin Drinkwater of Mainfreight, Books in Homes expanded it’s wingspan to North America. Now, 10 years later, Books in Homes USA is serving over 70 locations that span across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and California. Today, our partnership with the program has provided more than 560,000 books to 193,000+ children in these six states and we look forward to reaching more communities as the program continues to grow.


For more information on Books in Homes and our partnership with them, see resource links below:


Books in Homes USA - Website

Books in Homes - Facebook

Interested in providing books to your students? Click Here

Interested in sponsorship & partnership opportunities? Click Here


Upcoming Book Giveaways at Participating Schools 


Southern California 

H.W. Longfellow Elementary – Mainfreight Award

Monday, May 21st 

1101 S. Dwight Avenue

Compton, CA 90220


Catskill Avenue Elementary

Monday, May 21st 

23536 Catskill Avenue

Carson, CA 90745


Dominguez Elementary — Mainfreight Award

Tuesday, May 22nd @ TBD

21250 South Santa Fe Avenue

Carson, CA 90810


Celerity Achernar Charter School — Mainfreight Award

Wednesday, May 23rd 

310 E. El Segundo Blvd

Compton, CA 90220



P.H. Sheridan Elementary School

Friday, May 18th

800 E. Ontario Street

Philadelphia, PA 19134


Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia — Bridesburg Branch

Friday, May 18th 

2901 Bridge Street

Philadelphia, PA 19137


Watson T. Comly Elementary

Wednesday, June 6th 

1001 Byberry Road

Philadelphia, PA 19116


New York

Mount Markham Elementary School

Friday, June 1st 

500 Fairground Road

West Winfield, NY 13491


New Jersey

KIPP Camden

Tuesday, June 12th 

525 Clinton Street

Camden, NJ 08103


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