Panther Pack is a collaborative effort between Lenoir City Schools and the Good Samaritan Center. The program is designed to provide healthy, easily-prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in our community; children who may be missing meals on a regular basis. Lenoir City Schools’ Family Resource Center staff and community volunteers serve as the driving force behind this program. Volunteers record the number of items removed from the food inventory on a weekly basis so school system staff may reorder in a timely manner.
The strategy is simple:
- The principal and guidance department ask teachers to compile a list of students in their classroom whom they feel are at risk of hunger.
- Students are discreetly given a backpack full of food for themselves (and any siblings they may have at home) every Friday throughout the school year.
- Students return the backpacks the following week to be refilled. Parental permission will be obtained prior to student participation.
Reports of improved self-esteem, behavior and concentration among other schools where similar programs have been implemented are common.
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Good Samaritan Center
119 “A” Street Lenoir City, Tennessee 37771
Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County is a 501(c)3 non-profit