Eisenhower Elementary Food Pantry
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GREEN BAY- 95 percent of the students going to Eisenhower Elementary school rely on free or reduced lunch throughout the school year. That means many of those kids may come to class hungry and not eat enough once they get home, so its no wonder groups decided to start up a food pantry.
"We've got awesome families at Eisenhower and they're all doing the best they can with the resources that they have so this is just one way for us to provide them with additional hope," said Cory Vandertie, the principal at Eisenhower Elementary.
The additional hope he is talking about is nearly 20,000 pounds of food being given to families in need at the school.
"We had kids who could barely make it through the day. They didn't know where their next meal was coming from, now that we have this we don't see that worry that we were seeing before," said Erica Winkler, the social worker for Eisenhower Elementary.
Morgan Stanley selected Eisenhower school for a $50,000 grant to create a food pantry. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin helped to put this together and they say Eisenhower is the only school in the state to get this help.
"They're really going to have a good variety of everything. Anything you and I would get at the store they're able to get here," said Kathleen Fugler. Fugler is the communication associate for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
This food pantry at Eisenhower is set up to help bridge the gap between school and home, to help kids learn better.
The Eisenhower Elementary food pantry runs the third Thursday every month, now through December. The principal says he is hoping to secure enough funds to continue the pantry further into next year.