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Plainview School in DeKalb County opens free pantry to help students

Credit: WAAY ABC Huntsville, AL
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Plainview School in DeKalb County opens free pantry to help students
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Plainview School in DeKalb County opens free pantry to help students

When an organization that gave free food to plainview school students in need went under this year -- two teachers and an assistant principal stepped in to help.

We sent waay 31's sierra phillips to dekalb county to learn how a new food pantry at the school is impacting families.

Nat right now more than half of the students at plainview school qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Nat but when those kids go home from school - they could be left hungry.

Nat ren- "we didn't want to see those students left out in the cold so we thought what can we do to continue to help?"

That's where the plainview pantry comes in.

They send food home 3 days a week with around 70 students.

Whiteside- "yes we are sending food home three days a week but it takes 5,6,7 days to prepare to do that."

I caught up with whitney whiteside after her trip to the grocery store to stock the pantry shelves for the students.

Whiteside- "they're very humbled and they're grateful."

The food the kids get depends on their age and whether they have help cooking at home.

Each child is met with one-on-one to find out what they need and how they'd like to get the food.

The pantry has been around for just 4 months.

In that time they've raised 12 thousand dollars -- but the it's growing fast and they need help.

Whiteside- "this amount right here can maybe last us about two weeks."

Ll- "they tell me the eventual goal is to try to put pantries like this one in every dekalb co school.

Reporting in dekalb county sierra phillips waay31 news."

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