Plans are that reaching out to area service groups and others will offer more food for thought when students reach-in the Campus Cupboard this coming schoolyear at Atchison High School.
AHS Science Teacher Sarah Tschauder offered insight and updated USD 409 Board of Education members about a fundraiser in progress for the initiative at their June 10 meeting.
Tschauder serves as co-facilitator and project leader for the AHS Campus Cupboard that was inaugurated before students were released for their spring break in March to ensure potential food-insecure students would have an ability to provide nutritious meals for families during weekends.
In the meantime, from March throughout May until school closed for the summer, the 75 pre-packed boxes of food and an additional 250 pounds of other food items were distributed to about 25 family households.
The AHS Cupboard launch in conjunction with Second Harvest, a food bank, was made possible from a financial donation from UMB Bank. AHS National Honor Society members made hygiene items like soap, shampoo and deodorant available at the cupboard through one of their service projects.
Tschauder announced the Cupboard will locate from its place of origin in the basement level at AHS to an upper level in the building that will make it more accessible. Expectations are to reach out and visit with the Atchison Rotary International and Sunflower Kiwanis clubs, Tschauder said.
The endeavor was very successful. The cupboard opens at the end of days before weekends and vacation breaks for students to pick the food available for multiple meals on a first come/first served basis to take home for their family unit.
“It’s something I was proud to be a part of,” Tschauder said. “It was a humbling experience and great working with the kids.”
Based on usage from the few spring months the Cupboard was open during the past schoolyear, Second Harvest projects costs ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 to keep the Cupboard open on an annual basis. The pre-packed boxes previously distributed each cost about $15 to assemble.
Potential donations can be made to Second Harvest at www.schcfb.org/getinvolved /donate/ and specify donation be earmarkded to AHS Campus Cupboard. Donors can also send their donation directly to AHS. Indicate the donation is for AHS Campus Cupboard, and make all checks payable to Second Harvest.
For more information contact Tschauder at 913-367-4162, email@example.com, Atchison High School, 1802 W. Riley, Atchison, KS 66002, or Children’s Initiative Coordinator Jackie Auxier, Second Harvest, at 816-364-3663, firstname.lastname@example.org, Second Harvest, 915 Douglas St. St. Joseph, Missouri 64505.