This heartwarming and helpful program, a.k.a. Pantry to Preschool, is the latest outreach effort by The Father Fred Foundation, which has long been known for its food pantry and efforts to ease food insecurity in the five-county area.
So, when a preschool program approached them looking for ways to support their food-insecure families, The Foundation devised a way to help make their services more family-friendly and accessible for farther-flung neighbors, and Pantry to Preschool was born.
What started as a pilot program serving 30 Head Start families at one center has blossomed to include six childcare/ preschool centers and 117 families, with more in the works. The ability to reach food insecure families through childcare locations is proving to remove some of the barriers to eating well that so many families face as they try to make ends meet.
The program relies on volunteers to help pack boxes and drive deliveries to local schools and centers, as well as financial donations to help with the purchase of fresh, nutritious foods. To donate your packing prowess or make a financial gift, visit The Father Fred website.
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