The Regional Food Bank started the Food for Kids School Pantry 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. 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 2015-2016 academic year, 5,139 chronically hungry secondary education students attending 152 schools received weekly sacks of food through the program. Overall, the program provided the equivalent of 590,379 meals for students struggling with hunger.
A $200 donation can provide enough weekend food for one student for an entire school year. 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 Traci Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-600-3130.