Hopkins County Schools’ Family Resource Youth Service Centers have received a $1,100 No Child Goes Hungry Grant.
Through this grant, two Little Free Pantries will be constructed and given to the cities of Nebo and St. Charles.
“The program offers 24-hour access to shelf-stable food items for those who may be experiencing food insecurity,” said Hopkins County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel April Devine. “Local churches and school clubs/organizations will help keep the pantries stocked throughout the year, but neighbors will also be able to help their neighbors by contributing.”
The motto of Little Free Pantries is “Give what you can, take what you need.” They operate similarly to Little Free Libraries, known as Birdhouse Libraries in our community.
Little Free Pantries is a collaborative project involving high school Youth Service Center coordinators Randall Campbell and Dana Byrum, agriculture teachers Brian Welch and Ben Prevette, and their students. Ag students who have passed related safety courses will help build the pantries in sections from their homes. The goal is to complete this project by August.
The No Child Goes Hungry grant funding will be divided between two programs, with $600 going to implement the Little Free Pantries and $500 being used to purchase food for the school district’s Backpack Blessings. The Backpack Blessings program provides easy-to-prepare food for food-insecure students on the weekends. There are now 527 students who participate, an increase of about 50 since March.
No Child Goes Hungry is a national grant program, and Hopkins County Schools is the first Kentucky school district to be selected as a recipient.