A Texas High school opened a student-run grocery store to help students, staff, and families get food and other necessities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The grocery store at Linda Tutt High School isn't accepting cash. It accepts points out that students earn for positive office referrals, cleaning around the school building, and other good deeds.
The school principal Anthony Love said, "It's not something that you see every day in a school building."
"I think a big part of it is about empowering our students because many of them come from low socioeconomic families that need just a little extra support with food."
This idea of coming up with a store like this results from combined efforts from the local nonprofit First Refuge Ministries, Albertson's grocery store, and Texas Health Resources. Love added that Paul Juarez, executive director of First Refuge Ministries, and Dr. Ann Hughes, the director of student intervention for Sanger Independent School District, approached him.
He further explained, "They approached me about a grant that they wanted to apply for through Texas Health Resources, about possibly putting a grocery store inside a school."
The store, which aims to address food insecurities for students and others in the community during the ongoing pandemic, is open Monday through Wednesday for students and staff within the school district.
On Tuesday evenings, the public can utilize the grocery store via curbside pickup with volunteers' help. The amount of family members in the household determines the number of points they receive to shop at the store, which individuals can then use to get groceries or supplies for home.
The school also partners on Fridays with the BackPack Program, a program in cities across the country providing food for children on the weekends. "Partnering with them, we're able to provide additional food and supplies that the families may need," Love explained.
"I think the most exciting part of it is just