Once a month, Racine area families will have the opportunity to shop at a free food pantry offering meat, fresh produce, healthy snacks and other perishable and non-perishable foods from Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin.
Earlier this year, Dr. Jones Elementary School applied for the school pantry program and were selected based on student demographics, family size and income. The school pantry will be open to Dr. Jones school families as well as other Racine families.
The mission of the School Based Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families at school. The goal of the program is to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families.
“I am truly grateful for the School Pantry sponsorship that Kellogg and Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin is providing to our Racine area families. This is an amazing opportunity that allows our families to be supplied with nutritious food every month,” Dr. Jones Principal Sherrie Hopkins said. “Partnering with the Dr. John Bryant Community Center to carry out this program will help Dr. Jones build relationships with our families and community.”
The first school pantry will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st St., Racine. After that, it will then be open once a month for the rest of the school year.
Feeding America’s School Pantry program continues to be the most rapidly expanding child hunger program. Last year the program expanded from 74 to 90 food banks and distribution sites increased by 37 percent.
Through the program, The Feeding America network provided a total of more than 25 million meals to children and their families in fiscal year 2014 – an increase of 18 percent over distribution in fiscal year 2013.
For additional information regarding the School Pantry Program contact Principal Sherrie Hopkins at 262-664-8052.