After noticing some families in West Point going several weeks without receiving food stamps, West Point Independent School officials are collecting canned food and other goods to give to children and their families.
Brittany Miller, Family Resource and Youth Services Center director for the school, said the school already had a food pantry but its usage was minimal. Miller, who is also a school bus driver, became the school’s FRYSC director this school year.
“I just wanted to do my best to help everyone I can,” she said.
Mera Cossey Corlett, pastor of Okolona Baptist Church in Louisville, and her husband, Kevin, delivered several bags of food to the school Monday.
“We really believe that feeding children will help them academically,” she said.
Principal Carla Breeding said she knew of one West Point family that hasn’t received their food stamps in three months. She said many of the donations are local.
“Everyone here is not in need, but surely there are plenty who are in need and there are folks from here who help here,” Breeding said.
The school has collected food items such as canned mushrooms, ramen, peas and green beans.
According to the Kentucky Department of Education, about 77 percent of students at West Point School were considered “economically disadvantaged” during the 2018-19 school year.
Donations can be dropped off at the school during school hours or in front of the gym doors during non-school hours. Miller said the school is looking for easy food for children to prepare, such as macaroni and cheese, Chef Boyardee and fruit. The school also accepts donated clothing, personal hygiene products and school supplies. They also offers a washer and dryer for families to do laundry.