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Southside ISD working to keep kids from going hungry this summer

"Some of the meals that our kids get here at school are the only meals they will get through the day," a school district spokesperson said.

The halls inside Pearce Elementary School are filled with squeals and excitement from young children ready gain a wealth of knowledge. 

But inside Classroom 13, they pick up something else. 

"A can of peanut butter and can of tuna really goes a long way," Randy Escamilla with Southside ISD told KENS 5. 

For the last three months, cans, jars, boxes of food have lined the shelves inside what was once the elementary school classroom. It's now a food pantry, simply because they needed it.

"Some of the meals that our kids get here at school are the only meals they will get through the day," Escamilla said."All of our children qualify for free or reduced lunch all of our children. So what is given for the food pantry really makes a difference."

Southside ISD hopes the community will continue to give. The school district is currently hosting its very first food pantry drive to fill the shelves with items they they know families will desperately need this summer.

The district is looking for simple items such as:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Canned tuna
  • Rice
  • Cereal

Products that will fill a need no child should have to worry about it.

"Not knowing where you're going to get your next meal can be scary, and so a jar of peanut butter, some cereal, it all makes a difference to help alleviate that edge," Escamilla said.

If you would like to make a donation you can do so at the following locations:

  • San Antonio Police Headquarters
  • University of the Incarnate Word Main Office

You can also make arrangements with Randy Escamilla via e-mail. Southside ISD will pick up food donations.

The food pantry is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of every month or by appointment. 

Summer hours may vary.

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