By Grace Hedenberg
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in one way or another, be it school, work, sports, or other facets of our regular lives. In order to support the Webster Groves School District community, Autumn Rempinski, coordinator of the district’s Adventure Club, and other Adventure Club staff members, with the support of the school board, WGSD nurses, principals, and central administration, have shifted their focus from childcare to family care. They saw critical needs within the community and with inspiration from Hixson’s food pantry effort, they created the WGSD Community Care Food Pantry, which supplies local families in need with food, hygiene products and school supplies.
Over the past months, the food pantry has been setting up to fill families’ needs by accepting donations and holding a food drive. They are now filling requests. If you would like to make a request, you can visit the Community Care website https://mo02202299.schoolwires.net/Page/23454 and submit a request form. Once you have filled out the form, you will be contacted by the food pantry.The number and type of items in each box varies depending on family size and family needs.
The WGSD Community Care Food Pantry’s vision is to assist families in need by making a system that is sustainable. Donations to the food pantry can be dropped off in bins that can be found at all district schools. Currently, the pantry needs foods with lots of protein- canned meats, beans, and hearty soups, but other non-perishable foods, hygiene products and school supplies are always appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can visit wgsdfoundation.org under the donate page.
The food pantry is always looking for volunteers! If you would like to get in touch with the WGSD Community Care Food Pantry to volunteer, you can contact Autumn Rempinski at 314-329-4498.
Volunteers help unload donations at a food drive for the pantry this fall