Atchison High School officially dished out its inaugural provision from its newly installed Campus Cupboard to provide some students food for thought and vittles to feed for families in time for spring break.
Students were able to take home their first batch of non-perishable food items packed in a box with enough rice, beans, pasta, veggies, fruit, tuna and chicken, and special-packed dairy items before they left for the day on Thursday. Each box contains enough food to provide three heart healthy meals for a family of four.
The provisions are made possible by of a $4,000 donation from UMB to kick start the Campus Cupboard program at AHS, as a grant administered through Second Harvest Community Food Bank.
Second Harvest representatives Michelle Fagerstone, Chief Development Officer and Jackie Auxier, Children’s Initiative Coordinator, were on hand to stock the AHS cupboard Wednesday along with Atchison UMB Branch Manager Jeremy Lee and Community Relationship Specialist Kelly Julo.
AHS Assistant Principal Lindsey Hansen and Sarah Tschauder, AHS science teacher grades 9 through 12, serve as facilitators for the cupboard. Hansen credits Tschauder as being the project leader.
Hansen described the Cupboard for high schoolers in need as a sort of continuation of the Backpack Buddies program that provides snack items for younger youth in the lower grades on days when school is not in session. Food relates to life and when people are hungry it makes them vulnerable, Hansen said. All agreed growing kids are less likely to concentrate on their studies if they are under nourished.
Hansen and Tschauder agreed the Cupboard will have food supplies throughout the end of the current school.
The Cupboard also serves an additional avenue for the AHS kids to support the community, Hansen said. Second Harvest supports these pantry programs in combination with local donors that make nice community partnerships, Fagerstone said.