Everyday in every school in Indiana, there are children walking out the doors when the final bell rings worrying about where and how they will find enough food to fill their bellies before they walk back in. There is a solution. Before children head home to empty cupboards, the teachers and school staff that te=hey already strust can bring them to the school pantry to pick up dinner for their family.
School-based pantries offer a unique opportunity for Gleaners to directy reach children and families in need with fresh, healthy food at convenient and safe locations. Often run by a school counselor, social worker, or teachers and operated in a way that makes the students feel comfortable, school-based pantries succeed at preserving student’s dignity by offering them choices.
WHO'S THE PROGRAM FOR?
The School-Based Pantry Program is available to all schools in our 21-county service area. An evaluation of need and geographic location will be done after initial inquiry by the school. To learn more or ask any questions you may have, contact our Youth Programs Coordinator, Megan Ellis, whose contact information is listed below.
There are now 50 schools participating in the School-Based Pantry Program in 8 of the 21 counties in our service area, the program is expanding and reaches families about 1,800 times per month.
Youth Programs Coordinator