Partnering with Our Food Pantry to Distribute At Home STEM Kits
One of the ways Parkway School District supports the whole child is by having its own food pantry, providing boxes of food for pickup every month to its students and employees. As an educator in the district, I work with the food pantry to include STEM kits with each family’s monthly food distribution. To accomplish this, district STEM coordinators meet with a food pantry volunteer (author) every other week to brainstorm activities, print, shop, order materials, and pack kits for distribution. These kits provide families an at-home interactive STEM experience. While fee-for-service STEM activities and subscriptions exist, distributing free kits through the food pantry increases accessibility.