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Donations can be dropped off at the East High School Welcome Center (Attn: Helena White). If you would like to give a monetary donation, checks can be sent to East High School (Attn: Helena White). Please make the check out to East High School with 'Snack Program' in the memo line.

Note: Non-perishable items only. No glass containers, please.

Our greatest need is for snacks

  • Nut-free snack, cereal or breakfast bars
  • Small bags of pretzels or popcorn
  • Individually wrapped beef sticks

Cans of fruit
Cans of ready to eat meals: stew, ravioli, “spaghettios” etc.
Cans of tuna
Cans of chicken
Cans of soup
Cans of beans
Cans of vegetables


Any East High School student who needs food for themselves or their family can see Helena White in Room 2038.  

There is an Open Food Pantry in the Copy Machine area. It has cans of food and dried goods (pasta,rice etc). Students are welcome to help themselves any time to this food. The pantry is located near the big corner conference Room 1041C, on the right side of the Copy Machine area, behind a bookshelf.

We also have a storage pantry in Room 2030 A . This is staffed after school on Tuesdays.  Students are welcome to come and get food from this pantry at that time.

The Food For Thought Club also runs a Snack Program, providing teachers with snacks for hungry students during class time. The Snack Program currently provides over 1000 snacks a week to teachers. It is funded by grants and donations.

East students interested in supporting the Food Pantry can join the Food for Thought Club

Questions? Contact Helena White,


Food for Thought Initiative is a local non profit working with East staff and students to improve food access for East High School students (and their families) who are experiencing homelessness, financial hardship, hunger, and inadequate nutrition. This unique program allows high school students direct access to nutritious food and personal care items for themselves and family members.

Almost 17,000 students in Wisconsin schools were identified as homeless in 2012-2013 and it is estimated that this number has since risen.  An estimated 5.7 percent of Madison public school students are considered homeless (lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence). East High School has a disproportionate concentration of students facing hunger, inadequate nutrition and/or barriers to access food. The percentage of East High School students on free and reduced lunch assistance (57%is significantly higher than the state average of 36%.

Food for Thought volunteers work in partnership with Madison Metropolitan School District’s Transition Education Program (TEP), East High School students and administrative staff.  Faculty from the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program at Edgewood College provide consultation. 

National Hunger logoSome 'Food for Thought' for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (held the week prior to Thanksgiving each year):


Not having a regular and adequate place to sleep at night, to go home to, to have dinner.

1 in 20 kids in MMSD are homeless at some point during the school year.* 


Not being sure, wondering, worrying about whether you're going to have enough to eat. Food insecure people usually go hungry some of the time.

1 in 5 kids in America are food insecure.** 

In America 40% of food that’s suitable for eating is thrown out each year.***

*     Data source1

**   Data source 2