Our Pantry Packs program welcomed an enthusiastic group of students from middle and high schools across the district, including Redmond High School, Redmond Middle School, Rose Hill Middle School, Lake Washington High School, Tesla STEM High School, Timberline Middle School, Eastlake High School, and Juanita High School. In just under two hours, these hardworking teens worked together to assemble a whopping 1,078 weekend food packs, to be distributed to hundreds of food-insecure students in our community.
This event was one of the first medium-sized group packing events that our Pantry Packs program has hosted since the beginning of the pandemic. During the 2020-21 school year, and for the majority of the 2021-22 school year, volunteer packing opportunities were suspended due to safety precautions and gathering restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating with a skeleton crew, program leaders and volunteers worked tirelessly to continue serving our food-insecure population, often relying on family members to pitch in with assembling and distributing food packs. Support from the community came in the form of Amazon wish list donations and community food drives.
As gathering restrictions continue to ease, the Pantry Packs team is excited about the prospect of increasing the number of volunteer packing opportunities available to community members.