Lima schools opens 3 food pantries

LIMA — As an effort for Lima schools to become a full-service school system, the school district has announced three of its schools will be opening food pantries.

Through a partnership with West Ohio Food Bank and donations from Lima Pallet, Rightway Food Services, Allied Environmental, Sally Windle, Jessica Snay and local families, the school will open food pantries inside Freedom, Heritage and Unity elementary schools.

Although the food pantries will be be in those buildings, students in need from other buildings will also be provided food by staff.

“We already have a health center, serve breakfast and lunch at no cost and have social workers/guidance counselors at each of our schools to connect students to services in our community,” stated Superintendent Jill Ackerman in a news release. “We are no longer able to secure the funding for the Friday food bags that we sent home with students for the past several years. The West Ohio Food Bank stepped up and offered to help us start these food pantries at no cost to the school.”

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