School Pantry is a critical food resource for young students, their siblings and their families. This program – one of the three child hunger programs under our Food 4 Keiki umbrella – provides bags of supplemental food for students that can be shared with family units. Bags are filled with canned proteins, canned meals, dry goods and snacks.
The negative effects of hunger on academic performance has been well documented for years. Well-nourished, food-secure students have higher rates for cognitive activity, school attendance and academic achievements. Providing growing minds and bodies with well-balanced foundations naturally leads to higher education, qualifications, capacity, experience, and a greater learning potential.
Hawaii Foodbank works with schools interested in hosting their own School Pantry and offers consultation regarding space and acquiring equipment. Hawaii Foodbank staff also works with the school’s existing nonprofit partners and helps build the community network to support the supply and management of this program.
Are you interested in a Food 4 Keiki – School Pantry?Contact Marielle Terbio, director of community engagement and advocacy, at (808) 954-7869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.