In partnership with Mid-South Food Bank, a Healthy School Pantry opened its doors last week on the campus of a Shelby County Schools alternative school. The pantry is inside a former ROTC building at George Washington Carver College and Career Academy.
“The only meals some of our students get are breakfast from us and also lunch. Besides that, a lot of our students aren’t eating at home,” said Carver Principal Dr. James Suggs.
Twice a month, the pantry will help feed students and their families from the 14 schools in the 38109 zip code in southwest Memphis, as well as others in need in the neighborhood. Plans are for it to serve as many as 135 families. It will be run by students in Project STAND, an intervention program for kids who’ve been in the juvenile justice system.
Carver’s pantry marks the second on-campus pantry in the region. Bolton High School’s pantry started about four years ago.