Updated December 2022

The mission of the School Pantry Program is to supply food and community assistance to students and families who are in need at school 

In schools where a BackPack Program is not the right fit or additional resources are needed, School Pantries can fill the gap for students. School Pantry is a flexible solution for schools who want to serve whole families, provide a variety of other services, or simply want to give more choice to students. 


Older students crave independence and the freedom to make choices, and School Pantry gives them that flexibility in the foods they will use over the weekend. Where BackPack Program offers a unique, easy-prepare solution for younger children, School Pantry gives middle and high school students more autonomy in meeting their needs. 

School Pantries often include other community resources, school supplies, hygiene items, recipes and more; offering students a one-stop shop to meeting their needs. Whether they need a quick snack in the morning, or a full bag of groceries for the weekend, School Pantry is designed to give flexibility and independence to a hard-to-reach population. 

For more information or to support a School Pantry in your community please contact:

Stephanie Staley, Chief Programs Officer

School Pantry Programs


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