Suburban high school gets permanent space for food pantry serving students in need

Suburban high school gets permanent space for food pantry serving students in need
Photo credit Provided by Ashley Diedrich

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A food pantry for students has a new space at McHenry High School and they’re looking for help stocking it.

The Food for Thought pantry started more than five years ago said co-director Ashley Diedrich after a teacher noticed something a student wrote in class.

“It was about a student wasn’t getting enough food at home. Obviously, at school here they have free and reduced lunch. They’ve got breakfast, they’ve got lunch but there wasn’t a guarantee of meals over the weekend,” Diedrich told WBBM Newsradio.

After holding donations in the district office basement, a loading dock and the school library, the permanent pantry opened four weeks ago in the school’s upper campus.  Co-director Cheryl Myer is thrilled to have a dedicated space.

Food for Thought
Food for Thought volunteers Photo credit Provided by Ashley Diedrich and Cheryl Myers

“In our previous locations all of our food had been in bins and we tried to have them organized by expiration date but it was very difficult to get to the bins,” Myer told WBBM Newsradio.

COVID-19 has curtailed fundraising but they hope to return to in-person solicitations this spring.