‘Grace’s Pantry’ in West Oso ISD helps fill void left by pandemic

A food pantry has opened at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in West Oso ISD Wednesday to help families still struggling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The district partnered with Communities in Schools of the Coastal Bend and the Coastal Bend Food Bank to establish “Grace’s Pantry.”

The pantry has cabinets and shelves full of cereal, pasta, chips, canned food and fruit, and fridges full of meat and frozen pizzas.

CIS of the Coastal Bend serves 52 schools in eight counties. This is the third pantry the program has opened in the area, with two set up in Falfurrias and Kingsville ISDs.

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"Grace's Pantry" will provide food to community members in West Oso ISD such as chips, cookies, meat and fruit. The food pantry opened to the community Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

“This has been a dream of ours and we’re excited to finally see it happen,” executive director Gloria Taylor said. “In the fall, we will open one in Miller High School and three in surrounding districts including Premont, Beeville and George West.”

Superintendent Conrado Garcia said he believes the naming of the pantry speaks to the hope of mankind and what is given when a community of individuals are able to do good work and help others.

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