Hawthorne’s in-school pantry provides an example of the power of collaboration. A typical day in the pantry requires the support of numerous groups. Central to our collaboration are the volunteers who have made a personal commitment to give their time and energy. Our volunteers include parents of Hawthorne students, Madison community members and school staff. Behind the scenes, the collaboration extends to organizations and individuals who fundraise and donate to ensure that the pantry remains well stocked. Second Harvest Food Bank, the River Food Pantry, and Hawthorne’s Adopt-A- School partners are examples of community collaborative partnerships which weave throughout the pantry operations.
When Hawthorne opened its in-school pantry, the desire was to include a Personal Essential Pantry. The school submitted and received a grant from one of its community partners as well as support from First United Methodist Church. Now the Hawthorne food and personal essential pantries co-exist—a testament to the power of collaboration!
If you or your organization have ideas about collaborating with the Food for Thought Initiative programs, we would love to hear from you.