(KUTV) — East High School has partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to bring needed food to families around the community.
School volunteer, Lexie Dubell, said in a prepared statement:
We will have an estimated $35,000 worth of food staples donated from the church’s humanitarian services to hand out to community members in need. This includes dry pasta, beans, canned foods, flour, pancake mix and more--27 pallets in total.
Dubell, who helps in the school’s donor-funded food pantry, applied for a truckload of food from the Church’s humanitarian services center. Last week, she was informed her application was accepted.
27 pallets of food were delivered Wednesday to the high school that involved neighboring schools to also take what they need for their student populations.
“We invite all to come and share this generous donation with us,” said Dubell, who added that donated new and gently used clothing was also available.
Responding to the need of a student body in which 64% live below the poverty line, school administrators and parent volunteers created the East High Student and Family Support initiative in 2016.
The initiative includes a food pantry available to students before and after school, a "clothing store" and stocked washrooms to allow homeless students a clean and safe place to wash clothing, shower and prepare for their school day.
The program is 100% supported through in-kind gifts and cash, generously donated by East High students, families, PTA and community members, a press release stated.