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Jun 19, 2014 6:32 PM by Dave Fields

Dunkin' Donation to fund Second Harvest school mobile pantry program

The Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation announced a $20,000 grant "to partially fund a new school mobile pantry program that will begin this fall," said the release.

The foundation reports that this is the largest donation it has ever made.

Dunkin Donut representatives will be making the check presentation during a franchisee meeting in Baton Rouge, where Second Harvest Food Bank's Lafayette Facility Director Mary-Kay Rath will accept the donation on behalf of the non-profit organization.

A Second Harvest spokesperson says that the areas of Opelousas and New Orleans have the two highest food insecurity rates in the state of Louisiana. According to the food bank, Second Harvest started a school mobile pantry pilot program at the South Street Elementary School because the school has a high free/reduced meal program enrollment and 19.3 percent of the parish is considered food insecure.

The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) says it will support feeding children and their families via the Backpack and School Pantry programs. The DDBRCF made a commitment of $1 million over three years to Feeding America, a partnership that the foundation has cultivated since 2007.

The DDBRCF said that it is committed to fighting childhood hunger and says that its grant funds may be utilized for either the Backpack Program or School Pantry Program.

Second Harvest said it plans to conduct 27 School Pantry distributions during the 2014-15 school year, providing 297,000 pounds of food to 450-600 families, which is the equivalent of 247,500 meals. Each distribution is intended, a spokesperson said, "to encourage the participation of the local school community while serving as a special time to provide children, parents and caregivers with nutrition education and wraparound social services support."

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