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Students from J.I. Case High School volunteered last week to help sort and distribute food to needy families in the Racine Unified School District.
The first pantry event was staged Oct. 14 at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st Street. School-based pantries take place once a month.
Funded by a $20,000 grant from Feeding America and local donations, the school pantry was first awarded just to Dr. Jones Elementary School on Chicory Road based on its school population and the size of its student families, but just a couple of days later, district officials learned the pantry would be available to the entire district.
“Earlier this year, Dr. Jones Elementary School applied for the school pantry program and were selected based on student demographics, family size and income,” a press release from RUSD reads. “The school pantry will be open to Dr. Jones school families as well as other Racine families.”
The school pantry an initiative of Feeding America to address student hunger at school. Dr. Jones Principal Sherrie Hopkins is thrilled the program has come to Racine.
“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,” Hopkins said in the statement. “Partnering with the Dr. John Bryant Community Center to carry out this program will help Dr. Jones build relationships with our families and community.”