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Axtell Pride Pantry a Success for Students and Families

Jenn Atkinson,   Axtell Park School
Community Involvement,  Teamwork
Axtell Pride Pantry a Success for Students and Families
Axtell Park opened the Pride Pantry a year ago and this year we have seen more success than in past, with an average of 400-600 pounds of food going in and out every week. Students and families from all backgrounds enjoy having this as an opportunity to supplement food in the home for those in need. The Pride Pantry is a huge success for the community of Axtell Park

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Axtell staff and students had to complete food safety instruction and pass testing in order to stock the pantry with food. The items that come into the pantry are actually packed at Feeding SD and then transported to our school for stocking in our Pride Pantry. It takes hours each week to go through and organize, stock and clean the pantry.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Last year we started the pantry by talking with Feeding SD and the needs in our school. The students at Axtell are mainly free or reduced lunch with many of the programs 100% free or reduced. By adding in the pantry, we are giving our students and families the access they need for staples such as cereal, soups, bread, peanut butter, jelly, etc. These items help to supplement the homes and provide food for those in need.