The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends and school holidays. The pantries are located on school grounds.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the School Pantry Program served 5,770 middle and high school students in 167 schools. Overall, the program distributed 723,664 pounds of food, equaling 603,053 meals, to students in need of food assistance.
The Regional Food Bank started the Food for Kids School Pantry Program in 2010 as a pilot program at Putnam City West High School and Western Heights Middle School after learning of malnourished football players and students at PC West.
Last school year, 79 percent reported an improvement in academic performance, 76 percent reported an improvement in student attendance, and 82 percent reported an improvement in classroom attention.
If you are interested in starting the Food for Kids School Pantry Program at your school or have a question about the program, please contact Katie Swanson at email@example.com or 405.60.3141.
A $100 donation can provide enough weekend food for one student for an entireschool year. If you are interested in making a donation to the School Pantry Program or would like to know more about fundraising for this program please contact Dave Wattenbarger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.604.7107.