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Arma Schools Create a Food Pantry to Help Its Families

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The Arma school district is creating its own food pantry to support its families in need.

District officials say eighty percent of its 500 students are on the free and reduced lunch program.

Shelves are starting to fill with canned goods in a room next to the library. A football game offering free popcorn for a canned good donation and a t shirt drive for three cans brought in early supplies.

Student clubs and groups are all planning projects to support the effort.

Coordinators says one club is even seeking donations for services  such as those at a laundromat.

Student Council Sponsor Brian Smith says, "If you come in and your clothes aren't clean like everybody else’s, it’s hard to focus.

You come in and if you have full belly and clean clothes,  you're ready to learn "

Arma senior and student council member Ellie Burns says, "It’s hard because we take it for granted that we're going to have a meal or clothes. Other people that's what they live without, stuff we take it for granted. "

Students or families  can privately request to receive food from the pantry through school guidance counselors or a teacher. 

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