Cobb school district opens 29 food pantry sites to the public

The Cobb County School District has opened 29 food pantry sites to the public.

Credit: Cobb County School District

Credit: Cobb County School District

The Cobb County School District has opened 29 food pantry sites to the public.

The Cobb County School District will open 29 sites to the public to distribute food to families in need.

MUST Ministries will operate the sites, which are housed at its existing Neighborhood Pantry locations in the school district. The sites will begin operating Wednesday, March 18.

Food pantry sites will be open from 10 a.m. to noon March 18-20. Pantry locations and days on which they will open are listed below:

Here is a list of the 29 pantry sites that will open this week at Cobb County schools.

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Cobb County school nutrition employees will stock pantries with food normally served to students during lunch, including fresh milk, juice and produce, the school district said.

Food boxes will only be available through curbside pickup, and will have enough food to last families for two weeks. This means families will not need to visit the pantries everyday, Cobb County schools said.

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“We are grateful to have access to the food in our 29 Cobb County Schools pantries and be able to establish a base for distribution,” said MUST President and CEO Dr. Ike Reighard. “Hungry families from throughout the county – even if their students attend a school without a pantry – will be welcomed to pick up a food box to last about two weeks.

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Marietta City Schools employees are delivering lunch and snacks to students at 81 stops on 18 different routes throughout the district.

The meals will be delivered to each location at the times posted on its website Monday through Friday, starting Monday, March 16 and continuing until school is back in session.

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MUST Ministries is also seeking volunteers and donations for its joint efforts with Cobb schools. Donations can be contributed by visiting the charity's website.

If you’d rather get directly involved with the effort, you can fill boxes of non-perishable food items and drop them off at MUST’s donation center at 1280 Cobb Parkway North from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Food items needed include beef stew, canned vegetables, dry milk, pinto or baked beans, dry pasta, canned soup and tuna.

You can also contribute to families in need by donating to the Cobb Schools Foundation. Visit its website for more details.

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