School Pantries and Fresh Veggies, Snacks and Backpacks: Solutions for Davidson County

“Bye Trenton! See ya’ Myra!”

Liberty Drive Elementary School’s halls are buzzing with excitement as the bell rings and another school day draws to an end. Shaylen Brown’s cheerful voice rings out over the children’s heads as they head towards their buses.

A mother of four and a former front office employee, Ms. Brown is a familiar and kind face in these hallways, positioning her perfectly for her new role as Student Support Specialist with Communities in Schools (CIS), an on-the-ground partner agency of Second Harvest. When she ducks into a classroom in the morning to “borrow” a student, she can discretely bring them down to the food pantry located on the school grounds.

The pantry’s shelves are orderly and are l