Far Rockaway food pantry takes bite out of student food insecurity

Photo courtesy of Stop & Shop.

Photo courtesy of Stop & Shop.

By Jonathan Sperling

An in-school food pantry in Far Rockaway will fight food insecurity among the students and families in need.

P.S./M.S. 105 The Bay School, located at 420 Beach 51 St. in Far Rockaway, will unveil the new food pantry at a grand opening event at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The pantry’s opening comes at a time when nearly 80 percent of the school’s students are classified as living below the poverty level.

School officials say about 70 families are new to the school and are either living with extended family, friends or in shelters.

Supermarket giant Stop & Shop has also chipped in to the pantry, providing the school with $10,000 worth of gift cards so that students and their families may shop for the specific products they need most.

Food items offered at the pantry include canned foods, dry goods, non-perishables and microwavable foods, because those living in family shelters do not have access to stoves. The pantry will also provide families in need with soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and sanitary items. 

For families with refrigerators, the pantry will offer milk and eggs.

Those interested in donating to the pantry may do so by contacting Behnam (Kevin) Nadjmabadi at bnadjmabadi@schools.nyc.gov. There will also be donation bins at two local Stop & Shop stores by Nov. 1. The stores are located at 70-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. and 112-15 Beach Channel Dr.