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The East High Food Pantry's Grand Opening was held on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. See the press release.


Donations can be dropped off at the East High School Welcome Center (Attn: Helena White). 


Any East High School student who needs food for themselves or their family can see Helena White in Room 2038. Our goal is to staff the Pantry with volunteers twice a week from 2:30 pm until 4 pm. Students will be able to get dry goods and cans there. 

There is also now an Open Food Pantry in the Copy Machine area. It is located near the big corner conference Room 1041C, on the opposite side of the AV/Copy machine area from the copy machines. It only has cans of food, but students are welcome to help themselves any time to this food.

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

Questions? Contact Helena White,

Food for Thought is working 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.  Edgewood Sustainability Leadership Program faculty provide consultation. 

For Hunger and Homelessness Week (held the week prior to Thanksgiving each year): Some Food for Thought


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


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