In honor of Martin Luther King Day, AmeriCorps VISTA is hosting a food drive through Jan. 16 for Teen Pantries in Billings that focuses on healthy breakfast items, but all shelf stable items will be accepted.

The pantries are at West, Senior and Skyview high schools. The programs, which began in November, now serve more than 60 at-risk students each week. Numbers have increased weekly at each school, and both the Career Center and Castle Rock Middle School are requesting a pantry in their buildings.

Food drive boxes are at Good Earth Market, 3024 Second Ave. N.; West High, 2201 St. Johns Ave.; Washington Elementary, 1044 Cook Ave., and Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane.

Examples of shelf stable foods are cereal in full boxes or single servings, oatmeal in packets or full size, rice, 100 percent fruit juice, canned vegetables, canned fruit in light syrup, fruit cups or dried fruit and shelf stable milk.

Foods to avoid are high-sugar cereals, doughnuts, snack cakes, cookies, chips and soda.

Along with shelf-stable foods, the pantries provide clothing and toiletry items to at-risk students. If you are interested in more information or would like to hear about other ways to donate, contact Kendall Coombs, AmeriCorps VISTA with BackPack Meals Program, at or 740-412-7435.


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