Campbell Schools begins new food pantry program

A group of Campbell fifth graders pulled together their resources to raise $500 for the school's new food pantry

A group of Campbell fifth graders pulled together their resources to raise $500 for the school's new food pantry. 


CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – A Campbell School is starting a food pantry to make sure kids don’t go hungry, and a group of fifth graders there pulled together resources to raise $500 to kickstart it.

As part of the Kids BIZ project, students also raised another $500 to help cover the costs of student field trips.

Students worked on business projects all year. They had to market their products, too.

One group sold school t-shirts to wear for Spirit Day.

Fifth grader Elaysha Underwood said she’s happy the money is going to help the food pantry.

“I feel bad for the poor ones that can’t eat so I would raise money for them so they could eat and have a great life,” she said.

Crisis Intervention Specialist Karen Paradsie said students receive breakfast and lunch at school, but dinner may be questionable.

“If they are going home and foods aren’t available, that’s what this food pantry will be available for,” she said.

The school previously did a backpack program for years, sending kids home with food.

“Unfortunately, those funding sources have been depleted or are no longer available, so Second Harvest approached us about starting our own food pantry,” Paradsie said.

The food bank and a nearby church are going to help the school get its pantry started. It should be ready for the start of next school year in the fall.

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