Former student starts up makeshift food bank at Abbott Loop Elementary

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A make-shift food bank lives in the office of Abbott Loop Elementary in Anchorage inside of the school’s family services coordinators office.

Abbott Loop Elementary is a Title I school, which means it has high numbers or high percentages of children from low income families. These schools receive financial assistance to help their students meet goals.

Melinda Jarvis, a former students and now parent volunteer, knows what it’s like to struggle financially.

“I was there at one point,” Jarvis said. A single mom and not always having the resources you need or always having the ability to put food on the table.”

So in collaboration with Maria Clyde, the family services coordinator for the school, Jarvis started up a food pantry that families can turn to.

“We try to support families in a way so that families have stability in their home,” Clyde said.

According to Clyde, 85 families are benefiting from the pantry.

Jarvis and Clyde said that the food pantry is in need of assistance, and the school is accepting non-perishable food that can be dropped off during school hours.
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