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A high school student in North Carolina started a food pantry to make sure none of her classmates goes hungry. What began as a student government project turned into a full-time resource.
“We wanted to focus on those that need it, but they don’t want to tell us that they need it,” said Senior Erin Lewis.
The pantry, which is advertised by word of mouth only, offers non-perishable goods, sanitation items, school supplies and clothes. Students can visit the pantry anonymously, as many times as needed.
“We don’t want the students to be embarrassed or the family to feel like they’ve done something wrong,” guidance counselor Jennifer Beach said.
Laura Thompson, the student government supervisor, described more.
“It’s the idea that we’re not just here to teach you the material that you need to know to pass a test,” Thompson said. “We’re here to educate you for life. Part of that is nourishing the whole student, mind and body, and when we do both of those things we know students will have great outcomes.”
Dozens of students currently use the food pantry.
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