Orange, CA (October 11, 2018) - The School Pantry program is a produce distribution program that collaborates with schools to bring communities free fresh produce once a month. The goal is to alleviate child hunger in America and provide low-income students and their families with easy access to food assistance.
Schools who are interested in participating in the School Pantry program must submit an application, participate in an interview, and adhere to certain rules and regulations to run this program. Participating schools make a huge commitment to ensure a successful program. This year West Orange joined the School Pantry program to bring something very necessary to their community.
On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, West Orange hosted their first School Pantry distribution and was able to give 125 families fresh fruits and vegetables to include in their diets. Thirty parent volunteers also showed up to be trained, set-up, and distribute food. As volunteers are essential to the sustainability of this program, being able to train 30 parents in one day is a great sign for a successful ongoing program. The entire West Orange staff worked together to bring the School Pantry Program to their campus and are all very excited to continue to positively impact families each month they serve as host.
In Orange Unified, Lampson Elementary, Esplanade Elementary, and Cambridge Elementary also proudly host the School Pantry once a month.
For more information on Food Pantry distribution schedules or questions about the program at any of our participating sites, please contact the schools directly.