Getting hungry in between classes.
Trying to concentrate without having a bite to eat.
These are the troubles of some students at Bismarck High School.
One teacher has made it her quest to solve that problem – one pantry item at a time.
“I had a lot of students who were hungry and needing snacks,” said Lea Geis the Starfish Program Teacher.
Geis teaches an at-risk program at Bismarck high most of the day.
During her down time, you’ll find her talking with teachers and donors about how to fill up the back wall.
The most requested items are spaghetti and spaghetti sauce of which they usually have a lot of.
For kids requesting food or toiletry items, teachers grab it and give it to them to take home and donors have been coming in.
And that means the pantry is never bare.
The biggest need right now is frozen and microwaveable foods.
“I hope to have more things in the freezers this year. That will be new. Just carrying a few meat products and some things that we can get frozen. I’ve always had the frozen bread that we can send home. I hope to be able to grow that a little bit more,” Geis said.
One of the best things about it is that it’s anonymous for students.
“It’s not a situation any of us want to be in is to ask for food and so by contacting their counselor, they keep it private,” Geis added.
Last year agencies and people in the ‘I can help you. I can get you resources. I can get you connected with the some things.
Students can take food home every day if they want to or just once a week – a service Geis is proud of.
“I think I’ve always just wanted to be in that position where I just really want to help kids, and I love everybody here in our school and there’s just nothing more than helping provide food for families,” said Geis.