Tuesday March 24th marked the opening of the Food Bank’s first School Pantry at Lexington’s Bryan Station High School in partnership with the Fayette County Public Schools, the School Pantry Program and the Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger Initiative. The Pantry opened in early March and will serve all students in need, at the school. The goals of the School Pantry Program are to provide free food for students and their siblings, who might otherwise not have food in the evenings and/or over the weekend when they cannot eat at school.
Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank said, “Hunger is something that no child should have to experience, it affects growth and the ability to learn and have fun, among many other things. By providing food to these students who are in need, the Food Bank and its partners in the fight against hunger, are providing a healthy foundation for children to learn and grow and succeed in life.”
The School Pantry Program is just one of the programs the Food Bank operates aimed at alleviating childhood hunger in its 50 county service area. Other programs include the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe and After School Snack Programs. The Pantry at Bryan Station High School will serve up to 30 students each week, each student will receive approximately 30lbs of food that includes nutritious items such as eggs, milk, bread, vegetables, protein items, fruits and more.
The Food Bank will deliver food once a week and the Family Resource Center staff will be responsible for assisting students with collecting food from the Pantry during school hours.
Funds for the School Pantry were provided by grants from The Orphan Society of Lexington and the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
Marlene Helm, Acting Superintendent for the Fayette County Public Schools adds “Hunger is just one of the many barriers facing children in our community. As educators, we are committed to collaborating with our local community agencies to help give students the very best chances of success. Partnerships like this one with God’s Pantry are a model for helping us meet the needs of every student.”