A Healthy School Pantry provides low-income students and their families with a monthly box of nutritious food that is easily accessible because they pick it up at school. For many students, school meals are their primary source of nutrition because they go home to empty shelves. The problem of food insecurity and hunger in Shelby County is severe.
More than one in five people do not have access to enough nutritious food to assure a healthy life. More than 23% of all Shelby County children are food insecure. School Pantries are proven to be effective sources of nutritious food.
The fact that the food is distributed in a discreet manner is important. The Healthy School Pantry program is Feeding America's fastest growing child nutrition program with a 41% annual average growth in the amount of food provided since the program began in 2009.