It’s the first partnership of its kind in the Cherokee County School District for the nonprofit organization, which operates 26 school-based pantries in Cobb County. Hasty was selected as the pilot location due to the school’s Title I status – 80 percent of the school’s 895 students qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch, and because the school had a pre-existing food pantry program.
Hasty, like many schools throughout the school district, already operated a small food pantry to help students in need over weekends and school breaks. Through the new partnership with MUST Cherokee, Hasty’s pantry will receive supplies from the nonprofit and its supporters that will provide 45 families from the school with 75 pounds of food and hygiene supplies weekly.
The converted supply room includes shelves of canned and boxed foods, and a refrigerator for fresh ingredients. The pantry also offers health and hygiene projects.
The food pantry will be stocked with donations, many of which will be collected through MUST’s Save it Forward program, which provides volunteers with shopping lists and associated store coupons to purchase needed items at considerable discounts. Contact MUST Ministries for more information. 770-427-9862.