The School Pantry Program Concept and Summary 

The mission of the School Based Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families at school. School based pantries are located on the grounds of a school intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. Sites are consistently in the same location as the school’s campus, have set distribution schedules and offer ongoing food assistance services. School based pantries may have a permanent set up within a school, or may operate through a mobile distribution rotation where food is brought to the school campus.

Program Objectives

  • Provide nutritious, healthy food to children at-risk of hunger for preparation and consumption at their place of residence.
  • Distribute food discreetly in easily accessible and safe environments.

National Program Data

  • In fiscal year 2010, 25 food banks operated over 400 School Pantry Program locations that served nearly 70,000 children.

Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a School Pantry Program?

Use the Food Bank Locator here to contact your local food bank and find out what they are doing in your community.

Need More Information?

For additional information on the School Pantry Program or any of Feeding America’s child hunger programs please, contact the programs team.