HHS food pantry needs donations
HUNTINGTON -- As the school year nears its completion on May 29, there's still some help needed from the community for Huntington High students who don't have enough to eat after school hours and on weekends.
The shelves at Huntington High's food pantry are nearly bare, and pantry coordinator Theresa Rapp and the United Way of the River Cities is giving a shout out for some donations to help students get through the rest of the school year and the early weeks of summer.
Needed items include: Macaroni and cheese (the kind that needs water, not milk), as well as soup, chili and other meals that are easy to heat and serve. Pop-top cans are preferred so students don't need a can opener. Also needed are bread, jelly, and individual snack packets of crackers, goldfish, granola bars, cereal and cereal bars. Juice boxes and Gatorade would be appreciated.
Items can be dropped off at the school office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at United Way, located at 820 Madison Ave., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Rapp, who works as a career specialist for special needs students, said 25 students use the pantry regularly.
"That is a lot -- 25 high school teenagers stepping forward and saying, 'I'm hungry. I don't have food at home,'" she said. "They've poured out their souls and told their stories and I try to help them. ... I've had teenagers tell me they need items they can fix themselves that no one else in their household can take it away. You wouldn't believe the stories shared with me. It's no wonder they're falling asleep in school or not passing. We need to address these issues before educating them. They just need someone to care for them, and we do have staff that care and go the extra mile to make sure things are provided for the kids."
Call Rapp for more information at 304-528-6510.
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