To combat hunger, a Texas high school opens a “free grocery store”

Food insecurity has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and one Texas high school has a novel solution. Since November, Linda Tutt High School, located in the small town of Sanger, has offered free shelf-stable groceries, fresh produce, laundry detergent, and other household staples to students and faculty members. The school calls it a free grocery store, but functionally it’s a food pantry. NBC News reports that students and their families use “points,” rather than cash, to “purchase” the products, and that kids can earn more through “outstanding” performance in the classroom or by volunteering elsewhere in the school. The big win: Helping remove the stigma around receiving food assistance.

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