It’s a first in the Valley, and perhaps in the state! The Second Harvest Food Bank and the Boardman Lions are joining with a school, Boardman Center Intermediate, to host a food pantry that will operate daily.
“It’s a need we are seeing too often, children coming to our guidance counselors with stories of hunger at home.” said Center Intermediate Principal Randy Ebie. “So we approached Second Harvest and the Boardman Lions Club, and they graciously agreed to help us provide an in-school pantry, where the kids can grab something to take home for dinner that night.”
“Studies show that teens are aware of classmates and neighbors who regularly do not have enough to eat. Local data indicates that approximately 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 lives in a food-insecure household,” according to Mike Iberis, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank.