Updated July 2023

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

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


Older students crave independence and the freedom to make choices, and a School Pantry Program gives them that flexibility in the foods they will use over the weekend. Where the 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 meet 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 Program in your community please contact

Jesse Schraufnagel, Agency Relations Coordinator.

School Pantry Programs


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