lauren Van hemert, Centennial Campus Middle School
This year, the PTSA teamed up with the Food Bank of CENC and two of our eighth grade students to start a school food pantry. Last year, our Back Pack Buddies program served only 10 students. Our hope was that starting a food pantry would serve more families. Currently, we serve an average of 45 people a month.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Two students ran a neighborhood food drive to start things off and collected over 200 pounds of food, which filled the first 15 grocery bags. They then raised enough funds to purchase a refrigerator to expand the food pantry to include dairy.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Parent and student volunteers have been soliciting monetary donations to keep the program running for no less than three years and are working with community partners like Chick-Fil-A and the Food Bank of CENC to gain community support.
How did you accomplish your goals?
We expanded our program from serving 10 students on the weekends to serving 45 people each month. We have also expanded our program to include dry food as well as dairy products.
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