The School Pantry Program is a natural way to expand hunger relief efforts and target vulnerable families. In many communities, schools serve as an important resource hub. In vulnerable communities, Good Shepherd Food Bank works with schools to expand hunger relief efforts into the walls of the school.
The program offers increased access to fresh food, and flexibility for school staff, families, and most importantly, children. Many schools operate Fresh Fruit & Veggie Giveaways open to the whole school community. Other schools have traditional pantries located in the building with distributions based on the needs of the students and their families.
If you are interested in starting a school based pantry in your community, please contact Shannon Coffin, Child Hunger Program Manager at Good Shepherd Food Bank at (207) 782-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.