If children who receive weekend Backpacks are dealing with food insecurity, it makes sense that their siblings are, too. Survey responses from parents and children confirm that 81 percent of children share their Backpack food with brothers and sisters, and that their entire family could benefit from emergency food assistance. School Pantries are a natural extension of the Backpack program.
Schools Help Families in Need
Schools provide a trusting environment where staff can offer parents a little extra support and help them feed their families. The Idaho Foodbank selects nutritious and nonperishable items, and stocks school pantry shelves with enough food to help feed a family for three to five days. Vouchers for a free gallon of milk are also available through the School Pantry program.
During the school year, families and school-age children have access to emergency food in an environment that is both familiar and supportive. Pantries stock food items such as fruit, canned tuna, peanut butter, and pasta that are popular and easy to prepare. Families receive enough food to prepare nourishing meals for three to five days.
Survey Results Tell the Story
• 88% of parents agreed that without the School Pantry program, their family would have to skip one or more meals.
• 100% of parents agreed that the School Pantry program helped stretch their household dollars be used for other critical family needs.
• 75% of parents indicated they felt more comfortable asking for help at the School Pantry versus a community food pantry, and the convenient location helped them save on gas and travel time.
Download the School Pantry Impact Report