Crisis Center to launch school pantry program on 10/17
Iowa City, IA – The Crisis Center of Johnson County will officially launch its new school food pantry program on Monday, October 17, at Elizabeth Tate Alternative High School at 1528 Mall Drive in Iowa City. The purpose of the school food pantry is to serve students and families in need who experience barriers to visiting local food pantries.
Tate was chosen because of its 63.9 percent free and reduced lunch rate for students, compared to 35.7 percent across the district. This makes Tate an ideal location to pilot this program. Additionally, school officials at Tate were already working with the Trinity Episcopal Church to open a school pantry. This partnership will expand the availability of fresh produce, meat, dairy, and other perishables, and also make it possible for more students to be served. The pantry will be available during the day to students and will have open hours for their families.
The pantry will officially open on Monday, October 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and there will be a special school assembly with media availability from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Interview opportunities are available prior to the school pantry distribution and on location. If you would like to schedule an interview please contact Communications Coordinator Jay Capron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-351-2726, Ext. 106.
The school pantry, and the mobile pantries that recently began operating in Johnson County, are made possible due to two generous grants from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. This summer, The Crisis Center was awarded full funding in the amount of $42,000 through emergency hunger relief grants by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to open a secondary school pantry and to begin a mobile pantry program.
School Food Pantry Launch
When: Monday, October 17, at 2:30 p.m. (*media availability at 2:15 p.m.)
Where: Elizabeth Tate Alternative High School
1528 Mall Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240