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Food Pantry

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Food access promotion for East High School students and their families


The Food for Thought Initiative (Food4TI) is a volunteer organization that aims to improve food access and alleviate hunger among Madison area school students and their families.

Food4TI provides school-based nutritional support because they know that hunger impairs learning, behavior, and ability to attend and focus. They believe students should be hungry to learn, not hungry.

In addition to ensuring that every student has access to sufficient and nutritious food, Food4TI strives to increase the awareness of students, educators and the general public that access to sufficient and healthy food is a necessary prerequisite to academic success.

Food for Thought volunteers work in partnership with MMSD'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.


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 1,000 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.


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
Rice Pasta

Questions? Contact Helena White,