New Adena Resource Pantry Meets Student Needs

New Adena Resource Pantry Meets Student Needs
Posted on 04/02/2018
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Photo of Adena Resource Pantry with snacksJust a few weeks after its inception, a former closet turned resource pantry at Adena Elementary is already stockpiled with hundreds of different snacks, school supplies and hygiene items.

 

“We always refer to Adena as our school family,” said Assistant Principal Keri Albrinck, who jumped at the opportunity to respond when she saw the need. With some students struggling with hunger and some motivated by food, teachers were continuously stocking their classrooms with both healthy snacks and sweet treats.

 

“Making sure our students’ basic needs are met is exactly what a family unit is for,” Albrinck said. “We’re all about helping kids and every kid can benefit from this in some way.”

 

Community liaison Jessica Allshouse was a major source of support, coordinating collections with local churches and businesses. The PTO embraced the concept, too, helping organize an event on “National Snack Day,” in which students were encouraged to bring in a snack for themselves and another one to share. Almost overnight, the space became a resource for staff to inconspicuously respond to their students’ needs or even use it as part of a lesson.

 

Besides their plans to re-stock the pantry through a quarterly food drive with Adena families, the school is seeking out more community partners. Organizations interested in supporting the cause may email keri.albrinck@lakotaonline.com.