In order to support our food pantry efforts, we set up our CMASJ Food for Thought exhibit at ASU+GSV this year in order to engage with an audience around the topic of food justice and raise funds for the pantry operation. We were able to secure generous donations and make connections with other educators and not-for-profit leaders doing work around food justice!
Our school-based food pantry is slated to open May of 2022 at KIPP Academy Chicago. The pantry will launch as a pilot aimed at supporting 50 families per week during May and June, scaling to operate the full school year beginning this fall. The pantry is in partnership with Rush University Medical Center’s Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement. Our goal is to ensure we are addressing health and wellness with a combination of shelf stable food and fresh produce, meat, fish, and eggs.
On March 1st, with the help and generous support of Lakeshore Beverage, KIPP One was able to distribute 30 boxes of shelf-stable food items to families with a need.