Donated school supplies available for needy students

The North Platte High School food pantry is stocked all school year with school supplies, food and toiletries for students in need.

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) Students transitioning back to the classroom this fall worry about academics. For some there are worries about food, school supplies and everyday life.

Its Brandy Buscher's job to stock the pantry and organize the school supplies at North Platte High School. She is the student services coordinator. She's working now to make sure high schoolers have what they need to be successful in and out of the classroom.

"We also have clothing and toiletry items for them," Buscher said.

No matter what the home life is for students, the food pantry is open to students during the summer and all throughout the school year. Backpacks, notebooks, granola bars, cereal -- every bin is open to walk-ins. School staff members also have keys and can direct students to the pantry.

"The teachers are great about shooting me an email of a student's name, then we make contact with them," Buscher said. "They can always reach out to administration or really anyone in the building can direct them to this service."

Buscher said weekly food bags can be picked up on thursdays and fridays in the high school's nurse's office.

"It's a great way to give directly to youth," Buscher said. "Instead of having the middle man this service goes directly to students. It serves students and really it serves all students."

The pantry is stocked with items from community clubs and personal donations.