Cherokee County school Superintendent Brian Hightower checks out the new MUST Ministries food pantry at Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy. CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

MUST Ministries food pantry opens at Oak Grove School

A school-based food pantry in partnership with MUST Ministries has officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy.

Oak Grove is at 6118 Woodstock Road, Acworth. Families will be able to obtain regular monthly provisions as well as additional food items during school breaks, Cherokee County school officials said. Nearly two-thirds of Oak Grove students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

“We are investing in the lives of families here at Oak Grove Elementary School,” said Yvonne Byars, senior director of MUST Ministries’ Neighborhood Pantries. “This is our 37th school-based food pantry, and Cherokee High School (in Canton) will be our 38th in January.”

Oak Grove Principal Penny Valle thanked project supporters including the Woodstock Rotary Club, which provided funding, and school staff, the school council and PTA, area churches, and Etowah High School students.

MUST Ministries operates more than three dozen school-based food pantries in Cobb and Cherokee counties. Information: https://bit.ly/2P8XI2f

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