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MUST opens 25th school food pantry to serve at-risk students

August 25, 2017 — In a continued effort to reach more school children and their families in need, MUST Save It Forward is opening its 25th school food pantry at Floyd Middle School in South Cobb. The new pantry was dedicated Aug. 28.

ribbon cuttingMUST serves an estimated 2,900 students and their families annually through the Save It Forward program by providing 75 lbs. of groceries and household supplies to families each month. The food and supplies are procured through food donation drives as well as a unique electronic coupon process supported by volunteers who shop weekly and donate these items.

This community collaboration begins with school counselors identifying families in need and referring to MUST to get started. Volunteers provide support for monthly distribution. The team effort is making an impact, according to Chris Fields, Executive VP at MUST.

“MUST is focused on eliminating hunger for at-risk students in local schools so they may have a greater opportunity to succeed in both school and life. We know hunger affects social behavior, grades, propensity to succeed, relationships and other vital aspects of a child’s life. Overall improvement has been reported and it’s so encouraging,” Fields said.

“We are so grateful to those in our amazing community who are already supporting this important family program and hope others will want to help as well,” Fields said.

For more information about how to donate, shop or volunteer, email [email protected] or call 678-401-8330.

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