MADISON (WKOW) -- Starting on Monday, Madison East High School will be the home of a new food pantry. The first of its kind in Madison. A group of volunteers came together and believed that a high school was the perfect place for a food pantry. The pantry will provide nutritional support to students and their families in need.
They chose Madison East for their pantry because of what the data told them. Out of 500 high schools in Wisconsin, Madison East is listed as the 16th in lunches served through the school's lunch program. Also seven-percent of the school's population is homeless.
However, the volunteers needed help in keeping the food pantry stocked. This is where assistance from UW Hospital was critical. "The UW Hospital at the American Center,graciously offered to keep our pantry stocked through the end of the school year," stated Joel Wish, one of the pantry's volunteer coordinators.
The volunteer group is working with students and faculty at the school. In the future, they would like to expand the program so that it would be able to provide food not only when school is in session, but also during the time when school is out.