Backpack Program Expands with Addition of Fresh Food Pantries
More than 40 families from the Marrion Elementary neighborhood come regularly to the Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) for one important reason: they can choose what food they bring home to their families. And because Share is able to stock the pantry differently than the backpacks sent home, they are able to choose from fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat. On these Fresh Food Pantry days, the inside of the FCRC looks like a very small grocery store: boxes filled with bananas, potatoes, oranges, avocadoes and bread; coolers filled with lettuce, yogurt, hummus, frozen steaks and pizzas.
No longer simply the domain of canned corn and peanut butter, Share’s Backpack Program has expanded with the opening of four Fresh Food Pantries, one each at Marrion, Orchards, Washington and Sarah J. Anderson Elementary Schools. The food offerings change from week to week, based on donations received at the Clark County Food Bank, with whom Share partners for this program. Click below to read the full article and learn more about our Fresh Food Pantry Program.
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