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School-Based Pantries

school-based pantries

School-based Pantries distribute fresh, healthy food and nutrition information to children and families who are struggling with hunger. These free distributions are set up in schools in areas of high need across Eastern Massachusetts.

The majority of participating families – like Staci and her daughters – have children who receive free and reduced-priced meals. They rely on School-based Pantries to help make ends meet.

How does it work?

Food is delivered from GBFB’s warehouse directly to partner sites, where it’s set up on tables in a farmer’s market style. Distributions occur monthly after school and on the weekends. Children and their families select from the variety of free fresh and healthy food.

In selecting food for our School-based Pantries, GBFB’s Community Initiatives Department ensures that each site receives healthy, culturally diverse, seasonal, and local foods. Current distributions often include carrots, oranges, apples, tofu, onions, potatoes, peanut butter, dried fruit, juice, canned beans and rice.

School-based Pantries are held monthly in nine area schools:
  • James W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain
  • James Condon School in South Boston
  • William P. Connery School in Lynn
  • Orchard Gardens school in South Boston
  • STEM Academy at the Rogers School in Lowell
  • Lawrence High School
  • Marshall School in Billerica
  • Hill School in Revere
  • Paul Revere School in Revere

We also provide a variety of nutrition resources at our School-based Pantries including:

  • Chop, Chop, a cooking and nutrition magazine for children and families
  • A listing of community emergency food resources
  • Click ‘N Cook recipes in Spanish and English utilizing food from that day’s distribution
  • Food sampling stations and other nutrition education led by our Registered Dietitians

“GBFB’s School-based Pantries help students and their families get the food they need to stay active and healthy.” –Jonathan Tetrault, Director of Distribution Services

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